About the project
Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – or STEM as it is commonly known – will play a big part in determining the future of the next generation. Every part of our lives now, and in the years ahead – is profoundly shaped by technological innovation and science. So we need to then ask the following question: why are females less likely to pursue a career in STEM?
Women and STEM – the numbers just don’t add up.
In some areas of STEM, women only represent 20% of the profession. Not only does this serve as a major loss for women (STEM jobs are associated with higher salaries), but it’s also a loss to our gross domestic productivity due to a reduced pool of innovators in the area.
Let’s tackle the problem early on.
Research suggests that how children are encouraged to pursue STEM activities early in life might be related to their future endeavours in STEM. When children experience STEM activities that are exciting, fun, and engaging in the everyday context, it may motivate them to pursue STEM activities in formal settings like school and beyond as a career pathway. Girls for example, experience less encouragement from teachers and parents, and this might explain why they are less likely to enter the field. We hope to change this with our Pocket Rocket workshops for all children, by showing them that STEM is for everyone and can be fun and inspiring.
At Macquarie University we have developed an innovative early-childhood STEM workshop that does exactly that.