25 October 2021
Challenging stereotypes, misconceptions and outdated views in STEM
As a Young STEM Leader you are a positive role model in your centre, helping to promote STEM to all young people. STEM often has lots of stereotypes, misconceptions and outdated views associated with it. This activity will help to start a discussion with other people in your centre.
“to believe unfairly that all people or things with a particular characteristic are the same” – for example, only boys are good at STEM, or STEM is full of nerds.
Your participants will need something to write and draw with.
Tell your participants that you’ll be asking them to draw pictures of different STEM people. They will have one minute to finish their drawings.
Examples: pilot, midwife, scientist, engineer, doctor, builder, teacher, computer scientist, mathematician
Have a discussion about your participants’ drawings – are there any stereotypes, misconceptions or outdated views represented?
Gender Stereotypes in STEM
This session will explore some of the stereotypes and views that exist about STEM subjects and jobs and how these can have an effect on our choices and aspirations. It will help us to think about how we can challenge these stereotypes to make sure that STEM is for everyone.
What stereotypes, misconceptions or outdated views exist in your centre? How can you challenge them as a Young STEM Leader?
Make a poster, display, video or website to share your answer to this question. Ask your Tutor Assessor to share via your centre’s Twitter account using the hashtag #YoungSTEMLeaderWeek
1:45pm - 2:45pm
Gender Stereotypes in STEM Workshop for YSLs
Please note all workshops should be booked by Tutor Assessors. Tutor Assessors can use a projector/smartboard to stream the event to the group of YSLs. Questions can be submitted via the chat function or using Mentimeter if YSLs have access to digital devices.