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Intergalactic inspiration to get girls into Stem

Female role models for Stem-related jobs are in short supply. But Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran – who plays a resistance maintenance engineer in the new movie – is swashbuckling proof that times are changing. Nick McGrath reports

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It’s about time,” says actress Kelly Marie Tran, talking about her resistance maintenance engineer character Rose Tico in the latest intergalactic Star Wars battle, The Last Jedi.

She is passionate about women playing roles with a focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem), so was delighted to be cast in the role – and that the makers of Star Wars created a character to inspire girls across the world about the subjects.

Tran’s is the sort of character that rarely gets on to the big screen, she says. “There are certain perceptions among young girls that Stem subjects aren ...

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