29 January 2021
A STEM careers partnership between Siemens, science presenter Fran Scott, GSA and state schools has won a WorldSkillsUK Diversity and Inclusion Heroes Award 2020.
The awards honour, celebrate, and shine a light on individuals and organisations who are going above and beyond, championing diversity and inclusion within their organisations and the wider technical education sector.
See Me is an interactive, curriculum-linked stage show, created by Siemens and BBC science presenter Fran Scott, and delivered to children throughout the UK with the help of the Girls’ Schools Association. The show explores ground-breaking contributions to science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), taking the audience on a journey into the world of STEM with captivating live stage experiments. It also celebrates diversity within the STEM community, busting myths and misconceptions and exploring some of the perceived barriers to pursuing a STEM career.
To date, the project has reached approximately 4000 young people from state and independent schools. It was shortlisted for the 2019 Social Mobility Awards and won the 2019 STEM Inspiration Award for outstanding contribution for widening participation, diversity and inclusion in STEM.
Siemens accepted the award in the category of Programme or Campaign of the Year Award – Large Employer, sponsored by Toyota Manufacturing UK.
Girls’ Schools Association Chief Executive, Donna Stevens, said:
“It’s almost become a cliché to say that today’s schoolchildren will work in jobs which you and I haven’t even heard of. But it’s true. Science presenter Fran Scott tells the students in the audience how she discovered there was such a job as a pyrotechnician – imagine, getting paid to make safe explosions! – and how she went on to create her job as a science presenter. She mixes whizz-bang experiments with eye-opening nuggets of information from engineers from all kinds of backgrounds solving all kinds of problems. This is exactly the kind of fun, myth-busting energy that makes young people sit up and take notice. See Me is an engaging, impactful partnership and the Girls’ Schools Association is proud to play our part in delivering such a powerful message to children in state and independent schools across the country.”