STEM Partnerships

The See Me Project (originally See Women)

Inspiring young people from diverse backgrounds to study more STEM subjects by celebrating cultural, ethnic, sexual, gender and ability diversity within the STEM community. Tackling the UK’s shortage of engineers.

Partners:

Siemens
Girls’ Schools Association (GSA)
Science presenter Fran Scott
GSA schools & their local state schools

Objective:

See Me is an interactive, curriculum-linked stage show created by Siemens and BBC science presenter Fran Scott. 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.

See Me was first launched as See Women on International Women’s Day 2016 as part of a unique collaboration with the Girls’ Schools Association. The aim of See Women was to promote gender diversity in STEM industries by introducing audiences to the achievements of female leaders in STEM.  It drew attention to female role models and addressed some of the gender stereotypes and misconceptions about engineering.

But gender diversity is only part of the story.  In a world where the UK needs 203,000 people with Level 3+ engineering skills each year to meet demand, it is vital that we continue to highlight role models from a diverse variety of identities and backgrounds; increasing the opportunity for young people to see and recognise people like themselves in exciting and challenging careers.

All new See Me celebrates cultural, ethnic, sexual, gender and ability diversity within the STEM community, discusses stereotypes and misconceptions and explores some of the perceived barriers to pursuing a STEM career. Ultimately the show highlights how diverse teams are more likely to reach technological breakthroughs and innovation.

As well as the ongoing live stage shows – aimed at Y7-Y8 pupils – See Me includes events to share Siemens resources and contacts with teachers so they can run similar events of their own.

Impact:

To date, the project has reached over 3,300 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.

Impact evaluation shows that, before attending the live stage show, 47% of girls said they don’t know what job/career they want before attending. After attending the stage show, 69.2% said they could imagine themselves in a STEM career, 78.4% felt inspired to find out more about STEM careers, and 76.4% said they now know more about the range of different STEM careers available.

Year 5 Forensic Workshops

Introducing primary pupils to investigative science in the laboratory

Partners:
Abbot’s Hill (GSA)
Nash Mills Primary School
Abbot’s Langley Primary School
Tanners Wood Primary School

Objective:
To introduce primary pupils to a variety of investigative skills and techniques – including chromatology, finger print lifting and using a microscope – and to help them apply science skills in a working environment, building an understanding of how science is useful for everyday life. Pupils work in teams and collaborate to solve the mystery.
30 state primary school pupils

Impact:
After experiencing the workshop, more pupils said they would consider a career in science when they were older than was the case before the workshop. Children said that they were interested in learning more about the role of science in real life. The children worked well together in teams, identifying each other’s strengths and reaching their conclusion within the given time frame.

Maths Challenge

Enabling and celebrating primary pupils’ maths skills and teamwork

Partners:
Abbot’s Hill (GSA)
25 state primary schools
5 independent prep schools

Objective:  For Year 5 primary pupils to test their problem-solving abilities and mathematical knowledge by working together in teams of four. Pupils addressed a rotation of activities competing against each other in teams for the highest score.

Impact: 100 state primary school pupils
20 independent prep school pupils

Pupils enjoy using their skills to solve problems and display good teamwork and sportsmanship.