Posted By : STEAM TEAM - 5th December 2022
The 11th of February, 2023 marks the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (IDWGIS). This week CreativeHUT were proud to take part in an action day hosted by award-winning charity Everton In The Community at Goodison Park to celebrate the role of women and girls in science with the goal of inspiring and engaging more female students to aspire towards careers in STEM.
Female students from four partner secondary schools and girls from the 41 Goodison programme (set up to give opportunities and make significant life changes for young people from eight to nineteen years old across Merseyside) were invited to take part in science-focused workshops and activities. During the event, hands-on activities and workshops were delivered by CreativeHUT, Astra Zeneca, The Royal Institution and Everton Football Club.
CreativeHUT Senior Education Manager Theresa Amann took all four groups through an activity exploring the laws of motion, working in teams to build and test concepts using LEGO® bricks & pieces. The teams took part in a competition to see who could build the fastest vehicle to travel down a ramp, using the principles of physics to test and adjust their creations throughout the session.
Events like the IDWGIS are essential to breaking down the barriers that have traditionally prevented female students from pursuing careers in STEM fields. The CreativeHUT are dedicated to closing the STEM/STEAM gap for all students and are incredibly proud to work alongside like-minded companies like Everton in the Community in providing hands-on, interactive experiences that make science fun and accessible.
While progress has been made in recent times, there is still a significant gender gap in the field of science. Therefore more events like IDWGIS are needed to support and encourage the participation and success of women in these fields.
The statistics below show that the underrepresentation of women in STEM fields is a global issue and how important it is to address this issue: