Our school’s new collaboration with the Girls into Global (GIGS) STEM project is a 3 year Erasmus+ Key Action 2 project which aims to engage more school students and especially girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects and subsequently in STEM related careers.
Girls into Global STEM is a partnership between nine organisations in Cyprus, Poland, Sweden and the UK:
The University of Hull (UK)
1. Practical Action (UK)
2. Centre for Citizenship Education (PL)
3. Centre for Advancement of Research and Development in Educational Technology Ltd-CARDET (CY)
4. Hoegskolan i Boras (SE)
5. de Ferrers Academy (UK)
6. Gimnazjum im. K. K. Baczyńskiego w Poczesnej (PL)
7. The Grammar School, Nicosia (CY)
8. Sandgärdskolan (SE)
The issue of gender bias in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects and careers is a transnational problem recognised by business leaders, higher education and by the European Commission. The issue originates in schools when many girls make critical subject choices that will effectively lock them out from STEM in higher education and employment. This is coupled with the pervasive cultural stereotype of the male scientist or engineer and entrenched parochial attitudes. The gender in-balance in STEM subjects and in employment statistics are transnational concerns which extend to most EU countries, yet these themes do not feature prominently in teacher training while initiatives and resources launched by subject associations, education providers and others often tend to feature a ‘top-down’ approach.
The “Girls Into Global STEM” (GIGS) project aims to increase the employment potential of all young Europeans, but especially girls, by improving their interest and engagement in STEM subjects through linking these to a wider awareness of global issues. The project will facilitate much of this work through the development of digital skills and especially through the collaborative authoring of eBooks. The activities of the project will aim to directly benefit participating teachers already in the profession and those currently in training together with a wider network of early adopters sourced though the partnership’s extensive and influential STEM and ICT networks.
For more information you can visit the project website: http://www.gigsproject.eu/
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein. [Project Number: 2016-1-UK01-KA201-024360]