Talent 2030 takes part in online discussion on getting more girls into STEM
- Published: Thursday, 20 March 2014 12:58
- Written by National Centre for Universities and Business
Talent 2030 were invited to take part in an online Twitter discussion highlighting the positive and productive ways in which schools, businesses and parents can encourage more girls into STEM subjects.
The British Educational Training and Technology Show (BETT) host the world’s largest learning technology events in London every year in January and host fortnightly online discussions. On Tuesday, 18 March they asked followers to contribute to their topic “How can we get more girls into STEM?”
Given that Talent 2030 as an initiative, is a direct response to the question raised by BETT, they were keen to get their message across to the tens of thousands of people who were present at the discussion.
Key points raised in the discussion were:
- Encouraging more role models in the industry to inspire the future generation
- Changing the identity of what many presume of these careers
- Introducing a new computing curriculum into schools
- Start encouraging at an early age, words echoed by a quote from Vince Cable in the Financial Times
- Providing more information to parents about the benefits of girls in STEM
- Outreach events (BETT commended Talent 2030 for treating a class of girls to visit Eurocopter, the world’s largest helicopter manufacturer.)
Talent 2030 is an initiative by the NCUB that aims to encourage more talented young women to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering, including software development. By jointly working with business and universities as well as support from NCUB members, Centrica, Anglo American, Rolls Royce and Airbus Group, the project have responded to statistics that highlight a growing concern for the lack of women in these industries.
At present only 8% of the UK’s professional engineers are women which is the lowest level in Europe. Through their National Engineering Competition for Girls, website, social media involvement and Talent 2030 Heroes profiles, Talent 2030 are finding different ways to change the message and perceptions about engineering to girls, teachers and parents.
On Saturday 15th March, Talent 2030 took part in the Big Bang Fair, the UK's largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths for young people where their shortlisted entrants showcased their work for the competition and received awards.
NCUB CEO David Docherty has responded to the growing concern with his Green Paper: Target 2030: Increasing female graduates working in MTEC, which is available for download. In his blog he writes; "Attracting girls into the physical and formal sciences at school, into physics, engineering and technology degrees at university and out into businesses isn’t an optional extra it’s a key to a dynamic economy."
Below captures the discussions in the #BETTchat. What are your thoughts? Comment below.