WISE Outreach and Engagement Award
Sponsored by Airbus
For our Outreach and Engagement Award, judges are looking for exceptional outreach and engagement projects, programmes and campaigns which can show that they have inspired and enthused girls about STEM, especially those who would not previously have been interested. It is for organisations who can prove that what they do makes a difference to the number of girls choosing maths, physics and computing, and gaining a real interest in careers in STEM.
This award can be for an individual, group or organisation who are working to persuade girls to consider core STEM subjects as career options This can be an individual who has championed an outreach programme, for an organisation who has focused on this, or an educational establishment. This award is for WISE members only.
BAM Nuttall | The University of Strathclyde
Kirsty Hughes & Stella Pytharouli
Well known for: their company’s joint initiative on ‘Engineering the Future for Girls’
“As a learning and development adviser, I enjoy the variety or my role, and being able to make a positive difference to employees and to also have the opportunity to work with outreach activities and make an impact across the industry.” – Kirstie Hughes
“We work together in this partnership and it has such an impact – at all levels – from girls, to students to senior management within the university and the sector.” – Stella Pytharouli
To encourage more girls ad women into engineering, BAM Nuttal and the University of Strathclyde have partnered on a Scotland-wide initiative: Engineering the Future for Girls (ETFFG). This acts to address issues which hold girls back – an outward bound course develops confidence which is seen as a key factor, to show strong role models BAM supports one of the female Professor’s Royal Academy of Engineering Chair among other schemes. Women in engineering courses rose from 24% in 2015 to 26.5% in 2018 against a static national backdrop. Judges really liked the creative approach of the outward bound course, and the strong longterm partnership between academia and industry which is a great example of working together to create results.
EMEA Technical Manager, 3M
Well known for: her inclusive STEM programming
“Some of the things that I have seen in the past have been really targeted, for example if you have a robotics clubs, its targeted specifically at people who are already interested in that sort of thing. Something I’ve really tried hard to do is make the branding and the format of the events that I run appeal to a much wider range of society.”
Sarah has relentlessly promoted STEM careers to young people for 15 years. As a STEM ambassador and leader, she has helped shape and develop 3M UK’s award winning (Big Tick Award) education community programme, which aims to encourage more young people, especially girls, into STEM careers. Sarah conceived, founded and leads an annual “Science Supper Club” for children and their parents, and organises termly Skype sessions that enable underprivileged children from a school in Zambia to speak with scientists and engineers from 3M. In 2014, Sarah was given the opportunity to project manage the development of a new Innovation Centre at the 3M site which has since hosted more than 5000 visitors, ranging from school children to CEOs.
NUSTEM | Northumbria University
Rebecca Strachan & Carol Davenport
Well known for: encouraging STEM in underprivileged communities
“To start working from preschool up to post 16 and not only working with small and older children, but with parents and families and with teachers as well, so we do the whole ecosystem that the child inhabits.” – Rebecca Strachan
“I’m just passionate about opening up opportunities for people from a variety of backgrounds, and I think particularly for women and those from underrepresented groups.” – Carol Davenport
NUSTEM’s outreach programme has achieved considerable reach: long term collaborations with a mix of 48 primary, secondary and all-through partner schools. The majority of these partner schools are in areas of deprivation, bringing an understanding of professional STEM careers to audiences that continue to be under-represented in STEM. This is particularly important for the girls in these schools who face a double barrier of gender and class. To date, NUSTEM has worked with 43,795 children and enabled 14,119 interactions with their families and teachers.
Puma Force Mechanical Trade Manager, RAF
Well known for: encouraging the next generation in STEM
“My job at the RAF can be different everyday, from the people I get to work with to the environments and locations I undertake in my daily activities. All whilst being able to personal development especially my love of taking STEM into schools and those that are home schooled in and around the Oxfordshire area.”
Despite occupying an intensely busy role, Paula is the RAF’s most active STEM Ambassador, supporting events from London to Bristol, many in her own time, as well as delivering a detailed STEM engagement programme in her local area. Working with children age 7 to 15 years of age, Paula has developed a suite of engagement tools that support almost any ability level, from basic introduction to highly specialised robotics and cyber based activities – tools that have been shared across the RAF. The constant, central theme of Paula’s activity is encouraging more girls into STEM, a passion that has defined both her life and her career. Paula has built a schools STEM engagement programme in the RAF Benson region from the ground up which reaches between 30-40 students weekly and, importantly, teachers who do not have a STEM background are provided with support in the delivery of curriculum mapped activity. She has also been instrumental in the introduction of STEM Residential courses, specifically for girls, at RAF Benson.
The winners of the Outreach and Engagement Award will be announced at the WISE Awards, taking place on the 7th November, 2019 at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London.
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