Engineering giant Siemens teams up with girls’ schools
Engineering giant Siemens is teaming up with the Girls’ Schools Association to inspire girls to study more STEM subjects and tackle the UK’s shortage of women engineers. Women make up only 15% of engineering students at UK universities and less than 15% of all STEM jobs are done by women.
Siemens will take their new interactive stage show – SeeWomen – and a series of classroom-ready workshops to GSA schools around the country, with invitations for girls in neighbouring state schools to come along.
The stage show is curriculum-linked and will place the spotlight on contemporary female role models in Siemens and beyond, exploring modern women’s ground-breaking contributions to science, technology and engineering. BBC presenter and scientist, Fran Scott, will present the launch show which will then be adapted into classroom-ready workshops and a series of smaller showcase presentations that will be delivered by a combination of professional presenters and STEM ambassadors from Siemens and GSA. The idea is to create a ‘cascade’ effect so that even more girls can learn about STEM careers.
GSA president Caroline Jordan said:
“Although girls who attend GSA schools are more likely to study STEM A levels than girls in other schools, they tend to pursue careers in medicine rather than engineering. So we’re delighted to be partnering 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.”
The first girls to experience the SeeWomen show will be Year 9 pupils from Withington Girls’ School and nearby schools at a special launch event on 8 March – International Women’s Day – at Withington Girls’ School in Manchester. Head Sue Marks said:
“With a significant percentage of our girls opting to study STEM subjects at A-Level, and many later going on to pursue successful careers in related fields, we are delighted to have been invited to host this inaugural event. Our young women are encouraged to follow their own academic passions here, and there are no gender stereotypes – but we appreciate that not all girls have the same opportunities and we very much hope that the SeeWomen programme will help to raise awareness nationally of the wealth of wonderful options that exist in the workplace for women with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.”
Siemens plc chief financial officer, Maria Ferraro, will officially open the launch show. She said:
“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.”
See below for images of the event on 8/3/16
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