Men still outnumber women in STEM fields. The Girl Scouts is trying to change that.
The USA Girl Scouts movement is working to increase the number of science- and technology-related badges on offer for its five-to-ten-year-old members. The STEM badges will introduce girls to fields such as computer science, robotics, mechanical engineering and space science.
Building guided pathways to community college success
All 13 community colleges in the Tennessee state system are reforming programmes, policies and processes to better help students choose, enter, navigate and complete programmes, and to ensure that these programmes prepare students to advance in the labour market and pursue further education. This report from the Community College Research Center looks at their changed practices, improved student outcomes and future developments, such as supporting returning adult learners.
Graduate Engineering Engagement Programme
In mid-2018, the Royal Academy of Engineering launched a new Graduate Engineering Engagement Programme based on a three-year pilot delivered in partnership with Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO). It aimed to increase the transition of engineering graduates from diverse backgrounds into engineering employment, and engaged 14 engineering employers and over 450 engineering undergraduates and graduates.
STEM Learning’s initiative Project ENTHUSE aims to bring about inspired science teaching across the UK through continuing professional development for science teachers. It includes: CPD bursaries for teachers and technicians; ENTHUSE Partnerships – groups of 6 – 8 schools working collaboratively to improve teaching and learning in science; STEM Insight – industry or university placements for teachers; and the ENTHUSE Celebration Awards.
Centres for Excellence programme
The UK Department for Education is setting up 16 Centres for Excellence across the country to build teaching capacity teaching and spread best practice on what works to improve basic maths. The programme aims to enhance maths teaching so that students over the age of 16 with low prior attainment can improve their skills and secure valuable qualifications.
OMGTech!, an initiative of the Pam Fergusson Charitable Trust, aims to encourage school students into STEM careers, especially software engineering and computer science, and increase diversity in the tech sector. It develops and delivers workshops on digital technologies for teachers and students, and aims to address digital inequality so that all students have access to future technologies.
Waikato Engineering Careers Association
Waikato Engineering Careers Association (WECA) attends school-based careers expos and runs a range of promotional events. Supported by partners Wintec, Lawson Williams, University of Waikato, Vo2 and Waikato Bearings and with 25 member companies, WECA promotes engineering careers to students, families and teachers in the Waikato region.
Careers New Zealand
Careers New Zealand provides careers planning advice and information on education and training. Users can look at broad career fields and specific jobs – each description includes the average rate of pay, job opportunities and related roles. The site also has a page on entrepreneurship
Royal Society of New Zealand
The Royal Society of New Zealand‘s Teaching & Learning team provides resources for teaching science, maths and technology. These include a science teaching leadership programme, the CREST Awards scheme, Realise the Dream competition, newsletters and educational booklets.
ASB Bright Sparks
ASB Bright Sparks was created in 2000 to nurture the students who will be our future engineers, electricians and programmers. The Bright Sparks Forum connects people with an interest in technology and software, and the Bright Sparks Awards encourage students to develop their electronics, engineering and/or programming skills.
ITP (IT Professionals) runs TechHub (formerly ICT-Connect) in partnership with technology associations and supported by industry. Its members go to schools and careers expos to give presentations about their jobs or advice for those looking at a career in IT. They also act as mentors for students involved in the CREST Challenge.
ASPIRES 2 extends the unique dataset developed by the first ASPIRES study. Building on previous research, the ASPIRES team continues to track students over the next five years, to understand the changing influences of the family, school, careers education and social identities and inequalities on young people's science and career aspirations. The ASPIRES team will relate these to their actual subject choices and attainment in national examinations in Year 11 (GCSE) and post-16 choices.
ASPIRES report - 2013
STEMNET (the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Network) creates opportunities to inspire young people in STEM subjects and careers. It links with industry partners to support the STEM curriculum in schools, and STEM Ambassadors talk to students about their study and careers.
WISE, a UK campaign to promote women in science, technology and engineering, works with individuals, employers and educators. Its resources for schools, such as People like me which was developed in collaboration with industry organisations, are aimed at engaging girls with STEM subjects.
Born to Engineer
Born to Engineer, an initiative of the ERA Foundation in the UK, is a campaign aimed at inspiring young people to become the engineers of the future. The website includes: resources for students, teachers and parents; a series of films exploring opportunities in engineering; and engineering news.
Tomorrow’s Engineers provides information and resources to inspire young people into engineering careers. It also runs a schools programme, working with businesses and other organisations to provide industry visits, workshops, STEM Ambassador partnerships and curriculum-based resources.
Teach for America
Teach for America aims to empower all school students - especially those from low-income backgrounds and students of colour - in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) subjects, so that they will be prepared to fill the STEM skills shortages in the country.
The Big Bang
The annual UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair aims to show young people (primarily aged 7-19) the exciting and rewarding opportunities with science, technology, engineering and maths qualifications. A growing programme of events takes place throughout the year and around the country, including the National Science & Engineering Competition
University of Derby scheme to boost UK engineering
The University of Derby and the Higher Education Funding Council for England announced a £1.3million initiative to help plug a UK skills gap in vital engineering skills. The university developed two new postgraduate training courses available free to students and giving them new skills to boost their employability.
EngQuest, an Engineers Australia initiative, is aimed at primary and middle school teachers and students. The website includes team projects, fun information about engineering, interactive quizzes and the ‘Ask an engineer’ forum.
DiscoverE (formerly the National Engineers Week Foundation) aims to sustain and grow a dynamic engineering profession through outreach, education, celebration and volunteerism. Its website includes resources for teachers and students.
Tech Girls Movement
The Tech Girls Movement is a non-profit organisation supporting the development of a more diverse IT workforce. It encourages awareness of technology careers, in particular the opportunities for girls in the IT industry. The Tech Girls are Superheroes campaign includes stories about women in computing and IT roles.
Tech Girls are Superheroes: software engineer explains her role
AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) provides an educational programme with mentors to support indigenous high school students to finish school and make the transition to further education or employment.
Georgia Tech Women in Engineering
Georgia Tech’s Women in Engineering Programme (WIE) aims to recruit and retain women in its engineering courses. In 2015, WIE is piloting a new outreach event Students Exploring Engineering which will target 100 female secondary school students who have demonstrated aptitude in STEM fields.
Georgia Tech has also introduced online learning for students studying for a Master’s degree in engineering.
Changing the conversation
The National Academy of Engineering (USA) launched its Changing the Conversation project in 2013. It looks at the problems around public perceptions of engineers, the solutions and suggests how engineers can take action.
The Engineering Council is the UK’s regulatory body for the engineering profession. It led the development of the government-funded Engineering Gateways initiative. This involved developing a framework for pathways to professional qualifications for working engineers lacking the requisite academic qualifications and who are unable to commit to full-time study.
Smart Futures, funded by Science Foundation Ireland in partnership with Engineers Ireland, promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths-related careers. It provides online resources for students, teachers and parents, and facilitates school careers presentations by volunteers.
National Higher Education STEM Programme
This programme supports higher education institutions in the exploration of new approaches to recruiting students and delivering programmes of study within the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. National partners include universities and professional bodies.
Engineer Your Future exhibition
The Science Museum (London) set up a three-year exhibition, Engineer Your Future, aimed at 11-to 15-year-olds. This is complemented by online information about careers in engineering.