There is an established trend that in the UK men far outnumber women working in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) fields and studying STEM subjects:
• Only 30% of STEM subject graduates are women
• Only 26% of students in Computer Science are women
• Only 21% of students in Engineering and Technology are women
• Only 9% of participants in STEM apprenticeships are women
• Only 13% of the STEM workforce are women
• Only 11% of people working in Engineering professions are women
In response to this disparity eye4education has developed a new programme called “Women in STEM” that focuses on breaking down myths and sterotypes about studying and working in STEM and encourage female students to pick STEM subjects at GCSE and A-Level. The first half of the programme looks at STEM subjects and STEM careers and at those myths and stereotypes that deter female pupils from studying these subjects, and the second half of the programme gives the girls a chance to work in STEM in a design and build project where they design, test and launch rockets inside their assembly hall. The programme culminates in a competition to see which team of girls achieves the highest launch.
So far the programme has been picked up by over 15 post-primary schools ranging from Belfast to Derry/Londonderry starting with today’s series of events for year 10 girls at all 4 Carrickfergus schools.