2017 WISE Toy Award Winner

Renee Watson – The Curiosity Box

Founder at The Curiosity Box

What three words sum up your STEM journey so far?

Wonder-filled. Purposeful. Curious

Who/what inspired you to join the STEM sector?

I was inspired by nature, and supported by my mum and some brilliant teachers

What is the best career advice you’ve ever been given?

Why not you?

What advice would you give to women who are #1ofTheMillion working in STEM today?

If you wait for someone else to make your dreams come true, it will end up looking like their dream.

What advice would you give to women and girls to encourage them to join the STEM sector?

I wouldn’t encourage people to join any particular sector. I would encourage people to be curious and to fill their life with the wonder that comes from looking at the world through the lens of STEM.

Given the unique challenges we face due to COVID-19, how can we keep gender balance and diversity on the agenda?

By shouting with our actions, as well as our voices, until we are visible and heard. I committed this year to saying no to any speaking invitation where 50% or more of the other speakers where white men. I have a list of diverse women ready to send to any event organizer who fails to meet this threshold, if nothing changes I won’t accept.

What can organisations do to increase/inspire more women into STEM?

Invest in/support things that build confidence and skills in primary schools.

What do you envision for the STEM sector over the next 20 years?

STEM as a sector in its own right will shrink, but instead, will increasingly infiltrate all sectors.

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