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Motivating, Inspiring and Supporting Skills in STEM
Date du début: 1 oct. 2015, Date de fin: 30 juin 2016 PROJET  TERMINÉ 

Promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in particular for females, is a priority across Europe. In the UK only 13% of all STEM jobs are occupied by women yet it is known that STEM education and careers lead to better job prospects than most other subject areas, greater financial rewards, and exciting opportunities for individuals and businesses alike. Within the South West College STEM Centre in Northern Ireland, a needs analysis has been carried out on young people who participate in STEM enrichment activities. This has confirmed that girls and young women find STEM subjects and STEM careers less attractive than other options. Young people have identified a need to promote STEM careers for girls, identify more relevant role models and develop new skills through overcoming stereotypical challenges. However, critically, young women are not aware of how they can affect change in this area and feel powerless to address the challenges identified. The ‘Miss STEM’ project (Motivating, Inspiring and Supporting Skills in STEM) is designed to give young females the opportunity to voice their opinion on why STEM subjects and careers are typically seen as an unattractive choice for females. The overall aim of this project was to disseminate to local, regional and national policy makers, legislators and STEM stakeholder a voice from young females based on ‘‘Why STEM subjects and careers are currently unattractive to young females’. Miss STEM helps to build a bridge between young women and decision makers and increase active participation in civic life. MISS STEM recruited a group of young women at different stages of STEM career paths and facilitating discussion and structured dialogue on barriers to STEM careers. Critically the themes, priorities and the working methods for projects will be defined and agreed by the young participants: • Young women in the early stage of a STEM Career (age 21-30) • Young women studying a STEM course in Further Education (age 16-25), and • Girls in secondary education (13-18) whom have not yet chosen a STEM career path . A series of national meetings will tookplace through Miss STEM which included 'structured dialogue' and engagement with policy makers at local (Mid Ulster Council), regional (Northern Ireland assembly) and national level (UK Houses of Parliament). Through these meetings, participants were given the opportunity to gain a holistic understanding of policy development and the complexities of the legislation process. The praparation and meeting involved both non-formal and informal learning. Impact and outcomes from the projects included engaging and empowering young females and facilitating links with policy makers and stakeholders, developing new skills through overcoming stereotypical challenges, leveraging and promoting STEM careers for women and stimulating STEM debate through the development of a digital animation and on-line poll. The long term impact is to contribute to a greater uptake by females in STEM subjects and careers. Miss STEM animation link: