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Millie

Young Scientist of the Month is our way of celebrating the amazing science-enthusiastic youngsters we meet regularly through our outreach work. Following on from Lois last month, this month we meet Millie, another girl who loves science, and hopefully there’s no stopping her. As mentioned in a previous post, the gender gap in Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) subjects appears during secondary school. Did you know that only 9% of the engineering workforce are female? Shocking, lets move on…..

Millie is a regular at Saturday Science Club and also comes to the Science Activity days that we do in the school holidays. Enjoying a challenge, Millie gets really focussed on the activities that we bring to the workshops. We try to make our activities meaningful to help kids connect science to their own lives. If they can not make the connection, there is a high chance they will drift away from science.  The activities are designed to encourage children to think  scientifically, and develop critical thinking.

At a recent Engineering Science Day, Millie was tasked with making a Rube Goldberg machine and a robot, she took the challenges on with gusto! We caught up with Millie for a chat about robots & science.

OK, so let’s meet Millie……

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Lois

Young Scientist of the Month is our way of celebrating the amazing science-enthusiastic youngsters who we meet regularly through our work. This month we meet Lois, one of the many girls how comes to our science and technology workshops, topics which may be viewed as male dominant. We usually see an equal number of girls and boys at our sessions which is not surprising as the gender gap in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) subjects doesn’t start to appear until the GCSEs and it continues to widen throughout university and into working life.

“In the UK women make up just 14 per cent of individuals working in STEM occupations in the UK.”, Deloitte, 2016.

 

“girls continued to outperform boys in every STEM subject”.

 

Deloitte’s report explores many reasons for this, such as women taking time out to look after families, but also that a gender pay gap still exists. Interestingly the report also finds that “girls continued to outperform boys in every STEM subject” throughout their education. Girl Power!

OK, so let’s meet Lois……

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