Getting girls into STEM and Science

girls in scienceGetting girls into STEM subjects has been a matter for discussion for many years now.  Is it making any difference? Yes, a little bit, but it’s still 50% less likely for a lady to graduate with a Science based degree than a man, so it looks like we might still have some work to do!

Today is International Day of Women and Girls in Science as adopted by the United Nations.  What a great opportunity to remind the children of all the fantastic work that female scientists have done over the years, from Marie Curie to Rosalind Franklin and right up to the modern day.  Why not have the children choose their #FavouriteFemaleScientist?

If you are not sure about what female scientists to talk about in lessons, or maybe you just don’t know that many (they have been missed out in schools for a long time!) then how about one of these homegrown heroines:

  • Dr Maggie Aderin-Popcock – a space scientist you may recognise from the Sky at Night.
  • Professor Alice Roberts – an anthropologist (among other things) who has been on BBC2’s Coast.
  • Professor Danielle George – a professor of Radio Frequency Engineering.

Let us know in the comments how you will be making sure that we present a more balanced view of girls in science than the curriculum seems to want to paint.

About the author: Matt Stanford

Matt Stanford
Matt has been working in education for 10 years, teaching science to all ages from preschool to degree. Before he became a teacher he studied chemistry at Masters level and completed his PhD at The University of Warwick. It was during his time at university that he got involved in outreach work in local primary schools and found his passion for inspiring learning.

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