Women in Digital Initiatives Luxembourg (WIDE) and the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), in collaboration with the National Education Training Institute (IFEN) will organise the conference: Improve gender fairness in teaching with the Gender4STEM platform, on 16th January 2020 from 13:30 to 17:30, at the Learning Center (Esch-Belval). Register now

 

 

Get more girls into science thanks to the Gender4STEM platform

"Girls are not talented at science",

"Science is for geeks and thus not for girls"…

These are some of the persistent gender stereotypes in science education.

 

We want to tackle this issue and therefore, we have developed the Gender4STEM Teaching Assistant, as part of the co-funded Erasmus+ Gender4STEM project. More info about the project. The Gender4STEM Teaching Assistant is a platform for teachers, to provide them with concrete tools for more gender-fair teaching practices. Connect to the Gender4STEM Teaching Assistant and it’s now up to you to get girls excited about science!

What is STEM ?

STEM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. 

The field of STEM covers traditional disciplines such as Medicine, Engineering, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and Statistics, as well as the more specialized disciplines such as Astrophysics, Biochemistry and Genetic Engineering. 

 

Rationale

Nowadays, innovation is mainly driven by Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. STEM skills are recognised as being key to rising to current challenges, which are leading to become knowledge-driven economies and societies.

The problem is that girls seem to lack a calling for these disciplines and they are also very under-represented on courses in the disciplines in question. Culture, education, training, recruitment practices are vectors of gender stereotypes partly to be accounted for the low level of participation of girls in STEM.

This is why Gender4STEM was launched! See how the project team aims to tackle low representation of girls in STEM

 

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