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……
We think Lois should be Young Scientist of the Month because of her amazing enthusiasm for all things science and has been coming to Sciencedipity’s workshops for over a year. She clearly loves to get hands-on and experiment with our science kit, and if her current favourite book is anything to go by (‘Rosie Revere, Engineer’ by Andrea Beaty – a tale of a girl who dreams of being an Engineer), she clearly is not destined for an office job, but a more practical based career.
Lois inspires others by bringing science-related items to share at Saturday Science Club, last month she brought her pet Aqua Dragons (brine shrimp) to show everyone, and demontrsted how they need aerating.
- What do you love about science?
I love the experimenting. I want to work in something that is science-related.
- Which area of science do you find most fascinating?
I like archeaology.
- Do you have a favourite experiment?
I love the volcano experiment where you add vinegar to baking soda!
- Did you ever have an experiment that went wrong?
Yes, when I did the Rocket experiment it wouldn’t go off, but it was because I didn’t give it enough time. I learnt that I needed to wait.
“Lois is one of the most enthusiastic and engaging youngsters I have met.” Ruth, Sciencedipity.
Young Scientist of the Month is our way of celebrating the amazing science-enthusiastic youngsters who we meet regularly through our work. If you’d like to be featured as Young Scientist of the Month, please contact us. #youngscientistofthemonth
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