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15 November 2019 – Youngest ever electrical engineer

Laurent Simons looks like a pretty typical 9 year old boy from Amsterdam. But...

Laurent graduated from secondary school in the middle of last year aged 8 after completing six years of work in just a year and a half. He said at the time maths was his favourite subject "because it's so vast – there's statistics, geometry, algebra". He took a two month holiday then started at university. A year and a half later he's due to graduate next month (December 2019) as the youngest ever electrical engineer.

Universities around the world are reported to be offering Laurent scholarships for Masters and Doctorate degrees. He and his family have not announced where he will be studying, but it'll be a PhD in electrical engineering while also completing some medical studies.

He has considered becoming a heart surgeon, an astronaut, "going into computers", and is now interested in making artificial organs. (His choice of study makes a lot of sense.) Congratulations Laurent.

19 September 2019 – Girls in STEM

Mikayla Stokes, a first year engineering student at University of Auckland, found that events aimed at encouraging girls in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) weren't doing the right things in the right way, so she and Amelia Lockley set up TechGirlsNZ with the aim of putting that right.

In May this year the two ran the first TechGirlsNZ event, aimed at secondary school girls:

A youth for youth event on a mission to create a new type of innovative event for teenage girls thinking about getting into STEAM, where they can make meaningful connections, learn new things, network with others, and truly be inspired with a more hands-on and unique approach.

This article on Stuff outlines some of the struggles Mikayla has faced with stereotypes and sexism.

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