Science Technology Engineering and Maths

A Special Guest – Thank you to Ms Hutton from 5W for sharing the following information with all of Grade 5

As part of her Personal Project, Lisa Ito, a year 10 student and sister of Mari in 5W, visited grade 5 this morning to run a science-based workshop with all the girls. The purpose of her visit was to encourage more young girls into STEM field studies.

We began the session be drawing a scientist. Interestingly, most of us drew male scientists! There were a few ‘ahas’ around the room as we realised what we’d done! POINT MADE!

Lisa introduced us to STEM research.

What is STEM? – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

She also presented:

Notable female figures in the STEM fields!
What problems might women in STEM face?
Why is it important to have more female scientists?
Lisa provided many interesting facts from her research…

Girls tend to lose interest in math and science at age 8.
Less than 25% of engineering degrees are awarded to women
(In the US) 45% of science related degrees are awarded to women, only 22% of these are engineers
(In the US) 24% of CEOs are women
Scientifically, girls are bad at science – FALSE
From 1990 to 2011 female engineers have decreased FALSE
Girls perform just as well as boys in school TRUE
We also looked at a collection of toys and identified which were more advertised for boys or girls?

We discussed –

How we think the different values of these toys, set an expectation for boys and girls?
How we think this affects the interests of boys and girls?

“The toys that are most likely to be educational and to develop children’s physical, cognitive, artistic, and other skills were typically categorised as neutral or moderately masculine.”

We viewed and had many discussions after viewing related videos:

What were the videos talking about? How particular videos made us feel. Any personal experiences, on being steered away from math and science?

Inspire Her Mind – Verizon Commercial
The Effects of Gender Roles on Women in STEM (0:44 – 1:58)
A Mighty Girl
Olivia Hallisey and Ann Makosinski
Well done and thank you to Lisa for a successful and informative session. I’m sure the grade 5 girls would appreciate the opportunity to share their thought on this session with you.

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