At WISE, we believe that the work must start in the classroom if we are to encourage and inspire girls to take pathways to exciting and fulfilling careers in these areas.
Girl Friendly Physics Teaching
"My students often ask 'why are we doing this?' or 'what's the point?'"
Produced in partnership with Intel and the Institute of Physics, this website has been created specifically for teachers who want to help girls enjoy physics more in the classroom and follow physics related careers.
This fully residential work experience week is for Year 10 girls. The focus of this placement will be on communications engineering, and will also give the girls the opportunity to improve their team working, leadership and communication skills. They will get to experience life on an RAF unit, including communal living and sport. At the end of the week there will be a chance for parents/carers and teachers to see what the girls have done during the week when the latter will make a series of short presentations.
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The event is targeted at girls aged 15-22 who have or are likely to achieve at least 5 GCSEs at Grade A*-C including English, Maths and at least one science subject. Girls who like finding out how things work, solving problems, are creative, great communicators and team players would do well in engineering and the built environment. An aptitude for Maths (ideally Grade B or above) and science obviously helps.
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The Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarship
An exciting collaboration between Jaguar Land Rover and WISE to offer sponsorship to female scholars wishing to pursue engineering at University or as an apprentice.
The Range Rover Evoque WISE Scholarship provides a bursary to female students or apprentices who would like to explore a career or further studies in engineering. In addition the winners will be provided with mentoring support from both Land Rover senior engineers and WISE representatives.
Science: it's a people thing - a discussion workshop for girls
WISE has teamed up with Intel and The Institute of Physics to create a discussion workshop on the theme of women and girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). The workshop has been designed to inspire girls about the STEM subjects where they are under-represented, such as physics and computer science, by showing them how these subjects connect with issues girls care about and their importance as a gateway into a wide range of interesting jobs and careers.
The pack is for teachers as well as ambassadors and role models going into schools. It could also be used by teachers as part of a lesson plan, or by volunteers in a workplace as an outreach activity.
Young Women in the Know
A five day course for Year 11 and above at Jaguar Land Rover. The course gives you the opportunity to see various parts of the business and meet females in varying roles. You will see what career opportunities Jaguar Land Rover have to offer and the ways into the business.
Find out about Engineering
How many engineers does it take to make a tin of baked beans?
Produced by the Royal Academy of Engineering, this is the question posed on the cover of this publication which aims to encourage more young people from different backgrounds to consider a career in engineering. The booklet uses baked beans as a backdrop to highlight the range of engineering disciplines involved in making an item not usually associated with engineering. With profiles of 20 engineering role models from a range of backgrounds and routes into the profession, it also includes advice on becoming an engineer and useful links for further information.
WISE and WiSET Schools Poster
WISE and WiSET have produced a poster to highlight the careers opportunities in science and maths. The WISE poster, '101 jobs from science and maths' is FREE on receipt of an A4 SAE covering costs for postage and packaging. If you would like to order any posters for your school/educational establishment, please contact us, letting us know the quantity you need and delivery address.
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Thank you to the sponsors of this initiative who include Centre for Science Education at Sheffield Hallam University, University of Reading, University of Southampton, School of Science and Technology at The University of Northampton, Oxford Instruments, National Physical Laboratory, npower, nationalgrid, Colston Research Society and Horners.
Poster Activity - Identifying stereotypes when choosing careers
This activity is aimed at helping pupils to identify stereotypes when we are choosing careers and jobs.
Learning Outcomes: On completion of the session the participants will be able to:
- List 3 career areas where women are under-represented
- Name 2 items of Health & Safety wear
- Describe 3 places employees in Science, Engineering, Technology and Construction careers work
- (These link to CEG Learning Outcomes: KS3 - 4 & 5; KS4 - 4/5/17)
EVIDENCE ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE'S CHOICES
Join WISE now and support us in our campaign to inspire girls in school to consider a rewarding career in STEM. Findings from the Aspires Project confirm that our work must start from the early years if we are to make a difference.
The Aspires Project aims to engage young people, particularly girls, with pursuing scientific careers and to create a new vision of why careers in science matter, both within schools and in the wider context of society.
The final report of the Kings College London ASPIRES research into young people’s science and career aspirations, age 10–14, was published in December 2013.
Despite liking science at school, the majority of 10-14 year olds do not want to be a scientist. Girls are less likely than boys to aspire to science careers, even though a higher percentage of girls than boys rate science as their favourite subject. The researchers conclude that we need to inspire more young people to see science as possible and personally relevant for their own futures.
"The strong policy focus on the ‘pipeline’ metaphor (the flow from school science to post-16 STEM qualifications and STEM careers) is unhelpful. Instead, science might be usefully described as a ‘springboard’ – to emphasise its wide value within modern life and to convey how science qualifications can be valuable for propelling an individual to numerous careers and destinations."
Annette Williams, former WISE board member and director of the UKRC, contributed to the research as a member of the advisory group.