Europe’s knowledge economy and society is advancing fast. More than ever a more diverse workforce in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is needed to keep up the pace of change. To attract more girls and boys to these fields of study, formal and informal education play a key role. In the Hypatia Project science centres and museums work together with schools, industries and academics to promote gender inclusive STEM education and communication.
Hypatia is an EU Horizon 2020 funded project that aims to develop a theoretical framework on gender inclusive STEM education and to produce, test and promote a toolkit with practical solutions and modules for schools, businesses and science centres and museums across Europe.
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Hypatia offers an accessible, practical and ready-to-use digital collection of activities (modules) for teachers, informal learning organizations, researchers and industry.
The modules focus on gender-inclusive ways of educating and communicating STEM, empowers teenagers and explores the range of skills that are needed for a great variety of STEM studies and careers open to young people. The modules are developed by science centres and tested by teenagers and colleagues in other countries. In this way they are applicable internationally.
To provide a sustainable basis for these activities to be carried throughout the educational systems of Europe we created national Hubs. Led by science centres and museums, hubs are located in 14 countries: Austria, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Poland, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. These Hubs translate, adapt and implement Hypatia’s modules to their national context. By organizing events for teachers, head teachers, representatives of industries, policy makers and teenagers on the national level they make sure the Hypatia digital toolkit is used widely across Europe.
In 14 countries that are involved in the project special events engage teenagers in a variety of ways to STEM fields and its related future careers. Other events are dedicated to teachers and head teachers based on the project tools. Organizations involved in the national hubs will adapt their existing events, make use of the toolkit and make them gender inclusive.