Feb. 1, 2021
In 2016, the UN declared 11 February as International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The main reason for this declaration was to encourage more girls and women to take up jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (also known as the STEM subjects). Figures show that although there's no significant difference in ability between boys and girls in maths and science, less than 35 per cent of graduates in STEM subjects worldwide are women and there are even fewer in engineering and information technology.
Whilst more girls are attending school than ever before across the globe, girls are significantly under-represented in STEM subjects in many settings, and they appear to lose interest in STEM subjects as they reach adolescence.
International Day of Women and Girls in Science gives us the chance to address this imbalance and enables us to celebrate women and girls leading innovation and look at removing the barriers that currently hold girls back.
There are a range of activities and ideas that you could use on the day or during the week to highlight this using Purple Mash.
If you have access to Serial Mash you could also read Mary Anning and the Time Twister – on a school trip to Lyme Regis Jasmine and Kyle meet two famous fossil hunters and travel back to the time of the dinosaurs.
There's also an Ada Lovelace day quiz that looks at Ada and other famous scientists that could be used to check understanding and highlight the importance of women scientists. You could also use 2Quiz and get the children to create their own quiz about famous women scientists and inventors.