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Science: it's a people thing

A discussion workshop for girls

Science: it's a people thing

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 workshop was piloted with girls at the Big Bang Science Fair in London in March 2013. Not your usual workshop; the girls did most of the talking! They discussed myths and facts about girls and women in science, technology and engineering and came up with their own ideas on how to make a lasting difference.

This workshop will inspire girls who are interested in exploring more about jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The session brings the subjects to life by making connections with issues that girls care about and demonstrating that choosing science (particularly physics) and mathematics keeps their options open for entry into a 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.

Age range: 13–16 year olds

Relevant subject areas: Design and technology, engineering and manufacturing, mathematics, the sciences

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