In Ms. Keating’s Class we have been working hard for weeks on our ‘Equality and Inclusion in S.T.E.M.’ project (science, technology, engineering and maths).
We have been doing activities that examine the gender stereotypes we have in our own minds, and in society. The very first activity Ms. Keating asked us to do was to draw a scientist, a technician, an engineer and a mathematician. As you might have suspected, most of the class drew men for each job!
We took on this project to change this mental perception to both men AND women, while also learning about some potential future jobs.
We hope you enjoy our ebooks (click on the links below to download), and that they inspire both boys and girls to consider a future career in S.T.E.M.!
“S.T.E.M. stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. S.T.E.M. is for girls and boys. I think S.T.E.M. is very interesting, there is a lot to learn about it, and learning about it is fun. I want to work in a S.T.E.M. job now that I have learned about it!” – Lauren Taylor
“S.T.E.M. stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We have been learning about it in school and we are doing projects about S.T.E.M. jobs. It is very interesting and fun to learn about. Our project is mostly about getting women to work in jobs to do with science, technology, engineering and mathematics. For example, a woman might want to be a scientist, but they might not think they should be because they don’t see many woman working as scientists. Our project is trying to inspire more women to go into jobs they want to do. My favourite part of our project so far was when a lady called Fidelma came in and talked to us about her job. She is a medical doctor, professor and clinical microbiologist.” – Eloise Henley
Thank you so much to Fidelma Fitzpatrick for taking time out of her very busy schedule to let us interview her, and to the PDST for their support in completing this project.