Maths Games with Grade 6 – what a great way to start the new year!
please check the students’ comments to read their thoughts
A Special Guest
As part of her Personal Project, Lisa Ito, a year 10 student, 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 realized what we’d done! POINT MADE!
Lisa introduced us to STEM research.
What is STEM? – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
- 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 then 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 categorized as neutral or moderately masculine.”
We viewed and had many discussions about related videos:
What were the videos were talking about? How particular videos made us feel. Any personal experiences, on being steered away from math and science?
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.