MPs Debate Feminism in the School Curriculum: STEM Ambassador Programme, Big Bang Near Me & Engineering UK Commended
January 22nd 2016

MPs Debate Feminism in the School Curriculum: STEM Ambassador Programme, Big Bang Near Me & Engineering UK Commended

On Monday 11 January 2016 MPs debated feminism in the school curriculum. Minister for Schools Mr Nick Gibb commended the STEM Ambassador ProgrammeEngineering UK and their delivery of Big Bang Near Me events. 40% of STEM Ambassadors are women and Regional Big Bang Fairs reached more than 100,000 young people in 2015, half of whom were girls.

Mr Gibb: “We are funding programmes such as the Stimulating Physics network and the Further Mathematics Support programme to support schools to increase take-up of maths and physics A-levels, with a particular focus on engaging more girls. The national network of maths hubs is also leading a national project aimed at increasing participation among post-16 students in A-level mathematics and further mathematics courses, and other level 3 courses, such as core maths. In this context, many hubs are exploring ways of increasing the proportion of girls studying maths at this level and beyond.

The STEM ambassadors programme raises awareness among children of the range of careers that science can offer. It is worth noting that 40% of the 31,000 STEM ambassadors are women. We funded Engineering UK to deliver a programme of Big Bang Near Me activities—local versions of the national Big Bang fair—that reached more than 100,000 young people, half of whom were girls, in 2015.”

Mersey Stem Robotics Challenge Grand Final held at Aintree Racecourse. Eight schools made it through to the final with Hillside High School coming out victorious! Pictured are the winning team celebrating Sam Zhen Joseph Leatherbarrow Logan Burke and Harry Naylor Images by Gareth Jones

As contract holder for STEMNET’s STEM Ambassador Programme and Engineering UK’s Big Bang North West, Team MerseySTEM are dedicated to gender equality and are proud to have reached over 10,000 young people in 2015 via our Big Bang events. In addition, our own activities and the STEMNET Programme has allowed us to reach thousands more, all with the help of our inspirational male and female STEM Ambassadors.

We wholeheartedly support ‘Girls in STEM’ and are committed to promoting organisations and campaigns who mirror our ethos. We are overjoyed that our STEM-sational schools reflect this and that our STEMNET, MerseySTEM and Big Bang events are always attended by both boys and girls. We look forward to welcoming all back to The Big Bang North West 2016!


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