Siemens are showcasing the SeeWomen education project to challenge gender stereotypes. The SeeWomen (Girls in STEM) project aims to inspire and motivate young girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The project, delivered in association with the Girls’ Schools Association (GSA) will take place at the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR) and will involve girls from nearby schools.
NTAR is a hub for innovative and engaging learning and development in The Railway – its cutting-edge facilities and immersive training tools make it the perfect venue for an event which seeks to attract a new generation of talent into the industry.
Siemens and BBC presenter and scientist Fran Scott have designed an original live stage show especially for young girls, to place the spotlight on modern STEM female role models in Siemens and beyond. Year 9 girls from both state and secondary schools in the surrounding area have been invited to attend the event.
SeeWomen is one of many resources for education available through Siemens Education (www.siemens.co.uk/education), along with the Curiosity Project, a three-year engagement programme designed to engage young people in considering a STEM career. The UK has a strong heritage in engineering but not enough young people are choosing a STEM study-path that could lead to becoming an engineer. There is now a huge skills gap and by 2022 the UK will need an additional 1.82 million people with engineering skills. This is particularly critical in the rail industry where an aging workforce and an influx in new technology has left a sizeable skills deficit.
Maria Ferraro, Chief Financial Officer at Siemens plc, who officially launched the SeeWomen project on International Women’s Day 2016, believes that Siemens’ work in STEM education will help to address the critical gender imbalance and the risk of having too few qualified engineers.
“Siemens’ support for SeeWomen is a positive drive to show young girls that women make great engineers and scientists. SeeWomen aims to bust the myth that STEM careers are difficult, boring and just for boys,” she said.
As one of the UK’s leading technology companies Siemens is committed to nurturing and building a pipeline of STEM talent to inspire a new generation of engineers and shrink the skills gap. Encouraging and fostering curiosity in young girls to think positively about their potential in STEM careers early can help challenge misconceptions about the subjects.
The interactive, curriculum-linked stage show explores modern women’s ground breaking contributions to science, technology and engineering, taking the audience on a journey into the world of STEM with Fran Scott’s live stage demonstrations. The show is designed to provide thought-provoking activities and to help build confidence and motivate girls to set future goals and aspirations.
Fran Scott who has performed science demonstrations on the hit CBBC show, ‘Absolute Genius with Dick and Dom’, holds the project close to her heart. “I know only too well how young women can be deterred from studying STEM subjects and from achieving their full potential. We’ve worked hard to ensure this event will not only show young women the amazing career opportunities that lie out there in the STEM world, but through self-questioning and myth-dispelling tasks we’ll give them the confidence, empowerment and curiosity to pursue and ultimately achieve their professional goals,“ Fran said.
Caroline Jordan, President of the Girls’ Schools Association, said about GSA’s involvement in the project, “Girls who attend Girls’ Schools Association schools are significantly more likely to study STEM A Levels, but nevertheless they tend to pursue careers in medicine rather than engineering. So we’re delighted to be partnering with Siemens in this exciting initiative and will be inviting girls from neighbouring state and independent schools around the country to join us in learning about the many ways they can make a difference to the world through engineering and science.”
SeeWomen has been rolled out with shows around the UK in collaboration with GSA. The stage show is also being adapted for classroom-ready workshops and a series of smaller showcase presentations for girls and young women to learn more about careers in STEM. The shows will be delivered in schools around the UK by a mix of STEM ambassadors from Siemens and the GSA.
Contact for journalists
Anne Keogh, Siemens plc
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Fran Scott, Great Scott!
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Rachel Kerr, Girls School Association
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