Long standing biases and gender stereotypes have typically steered girls away from careers in science and related fields. Data shows that globally, female students’ enrolment into STEM based courses (IT, science, mathematics, statistics) are all under 10%. These statistics clearly show that women are disproportionately represented in STEM and that needs to change. East Ravendale School and Coningsby St Michael’s School, both members of the LAAT (Lincoln Anglican Academy Trust), have decided to be part of the solution.
Both schools have set up their very own ‘Stemettes’ club. The idea behind Stemettes is to get girls interested in STEM based topics and present these fields as an exciting career route for women. Because women are so underrepresented in STEM, they are seen as an untapped pool of talent. There are many famous examples of women in STEM – Marie Curie, Ava Lovelace, Jane Goodall – and there can be so many more. Stemettes can be the first step to inspiring these girls to become the future scientists and engineers, creating a more diverse and inclusive industry.
At Coningsby St Michael’s and East Ravendale School, funding and resources from STEM learning kickstarted their Stemettes clubs. Each week the pupils are introduced to a different woman working in a different STEM based career and then take part in an activity based on what they’ve learnt. One of the women both schools have recently been learning about is Georgia-Rose, a wind turbine engineer for Orsted.
One of the aims of the Lincoln Academy Anglican Trust is to transform the chances of individual pupils, something East Ravendale and Coningsby St Michael’s are doing with their Stemmetes clubs. The introduction to STEM based industries at such an early age could be the first stepping-stone to a career in the field for some of these girls.
East Ravendale Church of England Primary School is a, small rural school, situated in the heart of the Lincolnshire Wolds, that provides our local community with an education that encompasses the whole child.
Coningsby St. Michael’s CofE Primary School is a caring and inclusive school where every child is nurtured and valued. The school’s aim is to develop whole individuals and promote independent learning.