The past months have been busy for the science centres, museums and networks taking part in the Hypatia Project. They were responsible for adapting and translating the Hypatia Toolkit – a ready-to-use digital collection of activities to be used by teachers, informal learning organisations, researchers and industry when engaging teenagers with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Each activity, also called a module, has a central focus on gender-inclusive ways of communicating STEM that empower teenagers while also exploring the range of skills that are needed for a great variety of STEM subjects and careers open to young people.
After making the toolkit available in 13 languages, it was time to share these resources with the different stakeholders. To do so, science centres, museums, and networks organized national seminars that brought together regional and national authorities, head teachers as decision makers in their institutions, and teachers as the professionals engaging teenagers with science on the ground. The seminars were a great opportunity to inform stakeholders of all the resources available, but also to raise awareness of how to implement tools from Hypatia in order to become more gender inclusive in STEM, ultimately motivating participants to address gender issues. The Hypatia national seminars also focused on how formal education can work more closely with research, industry and informal education to attract more girls (and boys) into STEM careers.
Besides learning about the project, participants had the chance to hear presentations on the importance of gender balance in STEM education and, last but not least, to try out different activities from the Toolkit.
Image: Attendees at work during Hypatia National seminar at NOESIS, Greece. Courtesy NOESIS – Thessaloniki Science Center and Technology Museum, Geece.