This Tuesday I was asked by Claire Priestly to open her CIO+1 event. The event was specifically looking at challenging the lack of diversity in STEM and the "leaky pipeline". As STEM Girls Club's approach is to start at the source it made sense to start with me.
When considering how to approach this presentation due to the fact that although I am well used to speaking in front of many people as a teacher, it is unusual for the people in front of me to be already well into the careers.
I decided to start with Why;
ROADSHOW Runaway SUCCESS
2018 is the Year of the Engineer and also the year that a turn across the globe has been felt in terms of gender equality in all industries.
SKY News approached STEM girls this week to document the incredible work being done by female students at Harris Academy Crystal Palace. Where scientist Dr Elizabeth Pollitzer has demonstrated that the lack of females in STEM roles is affecting scientific research. SKY wanted to show the good work happening in STEM Girls clubs across South London bucking the trend that STEM isn't for Girls.
The Power of Role Models
We’ve long heard of the old boys’ network. This term STEM Girls club had an innovative take on this, with a distinctly modern twist: 22 impressive and successful women from a variety of STEM careers inspiring 80 local girls and young women to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering and Maths. Set up
Starts with Why...
Who was your role model?
This weekend my niece was thrilled to tell me what she was going to be when she was older.. here it is I thought, a scientist... no, engineer.. no! Games designer..
A gymnast she exclaims... as she roley poleys across the kitchen floor!
Why's that I ask...
STEM Speed Dating Roadshow at Wimbledon High
As the end of my school journey as Head of Science begins to come to an end I am about to embark on a new journey as Director of STEMgirls Club. Its all coming together now, with the marketing and design aspects complete and the schools for the pilot all ready to go in September. This Summer will be spent seeking out the best STEM companies to use in September and creating the challenges for the club.
One Chance Approach
On Tuesday 14th November schools from across the South of England who have been involved in the STEMgirls club this term will take part in the STEMgirls Speed dating Roadshow. Inspiring female representatives from all vanities of the STEM field coming together to being grilled by our aspiring STEM girls on advice, tips on how to overcome barriers and networking opportunities.
STEMgirls Club launches
The headlines from this years exam results all had one thing to say "The boys were back in town." That for the first time since the GCSEs were introduced, boys out did the girls. Now this isn't because this cohort of girls weren't as able as the boys this year, but the shift from modular to linear courses.
A pilot scheme to encourage young girls into STEM careers is launching this month at three schools across the South East. STEMgirls Club, founded by Amy Ryman, former Head of Science at Harris Academy...