By Jessica Ross (Mathematics) and Faye Burton (Mathematics)
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What we did:
Through our project this year, we aimed to encourage more girls into STEM acitivities. Statistics show that just 13% of STEM professionals are women. We aimed to raise awareness of the opportunites the STEM subjects offer and foster an interest in girls at GCSE level.
We entered two girls teams (year 9 and 10) into the “Problem Solving Challenge 2016.” The girls were required to work as a team, solving problems with the materials provided. Both teams made it through the first round, with the year 10s coming in first place and the year 9s as runners up. The girls attended the final and although they did not place, the girls had a fantastic experience. We gave the students a STEM questionnaire before and after the problem solving challenge day. The trip received a positive review with some expressing an interest in STEM careers. Overall, we feel the girls had a valuable experience and went away with a raised awareness of the importance and impact of STEM subjects.
What you should consider if you want to do this:
Consider targetting girls specifically to raise confidence of individuals.
Using a questionnaire was good to give an insight into how girls felt about STEM subjects
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