Attracting young people to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is a complex task that cannot achieved by formal education alone. Informal education organisations such as science centres and museums as well as the industry have been making attempts at sparking the interest of the new generation for STEM studies, and that of girls in particular. However, girls are still underrepresented, or their representation is unbalanced in many science study programmes.
The approach taken to communicating science and to engaging girls into STEM careers has evolved over time and it is very interesting to see how. To understand it, Marianne Achiam and Henriette Tolstrup Holmegaard have produced this “Criteria for Gender Inclusion” report. However this is much more than just this. In this report, the authors analyse past and present of European projects that have addressed these issues, showcase best practices and develop some guidelines to guide us through a practical approach that consider these gender theories. This document is key to understand the approach of this project to the task of bringing more young people to STEM careers. We will not write a long post. Just take 30 minutes of your time to read the report. You’ll want to share it with colleagues, friends and above all, it will make you reflect on the way you are approaching the issue.
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