Science: it’s a people thing - a discussion workshop for girls

The Institute of Physics has worked in partnership with WISE and Intel to create this workshop, designed to inspire girls about the STEM subjects where they are under-represented, such as physics and computer science.

The workshop uses role models to facilitate small group discussion and explore gender stereotyping in a comfortable and safe environment. The discussions look at myths and facts about girls and women in STEM, how these subjects connect with issues that girls care about and their importance as a gateway into a wide range of interesting jobs and careers.

The session is suitable for girls aged 13–16, but could be easily adapted for use with a younger age group aged 11–12.

The resources include all that is needed to run a session of either 60–90 minutes, or a longer half-day event. The pack is for teachers, as well as ambassadors and role models going into schools. It includes advice on how to find role models and brief them as well as editable Powerpoint slides to use in the workshop.

“There are a lot of options and opportunities in the science field. It does not only revolve around medicine, etc.” (participant aged 16)

“I will tell my friends and family about the facts that I have learned and hopefully inspire others as I have been inspired today.” (participant aged 13)

There is also a call-to-action card for students to take away from the event, which can be ordered in bulk from IOP - email education@iop.org for these. The card is a compact version of this student information sheet.