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students will leave with their credits on an edited short film. Girls into STEM, which is run in partnership with the Engineering Education Scheme Wales (EESW), exposes young women to careers in the STEM fields (traditionally male- dominated fields) with an emphasis on Sony’s own operations. They also meet with Sony’s leading women, who share their own experiences of STEM-related employment. The Forest Schools, hosted in Pencoed’s on-site nature centre, also holds “employee allotments, fruit orchards and beehives,” says Wilkins. In partnership with Tanio, this programme combines nature and mindfulness, with students participating in team-building activities and creating art from natural resources while learning – both explicitly and implicitly – about biodiversity and sustainability. Sony Pencoed represents not only the interests of its locale, but also the company at large, making it a true

CURIOUS MINDS Sony offers the chance for young women to step into STEM areas to kick-start their early careers

BACK TO SCHOOL Besides extensive sustainability initiatives, Sony Pencoed runs a wide-ranging education programme that encompasses the STEM fields, filmmaking and environmental studies. Since its inception in 2012, “the programme has hosted more than 25,000 students from schools, colleges and universities across Wales and wider afield,” explains Wilkins. Offered free of charge and aligning with British curriculum,

each programme has a specific aim – whether it’s to increase computer science capabilities, promote good environmental practices or highlight creative roles. Aimed at years 5 and 6, Sony’s Film in a Day programme teaches students the step-by-step process of filmmaking using its pro-grade kit, including green screens. The workshop covers script development, directing, acting, camera operating, lighting, costuming and more – and

centre of excellence. sonypencoed.co.uk


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