STEM Partnerships

The SeeWomen Project

Inspiring girls to study more STEM subjects and tackle the UK’s shortage of women engineers.

Partners:

Siemens
Girls’ Schools Association (GSA)
GSA schools & their local state schools

Objective:

To inspire Y7-Y9 girls to consider a career in STEM – and particularly engineering – through an ongoing programme of live stage shows for girls and by sharing 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 girls from state and independent schools

SeeWomen was launched in 2016 and is ongoing. 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.