Choices

Choices

Choices, choices! My children are two academic years apart. Another Mum recently expressed sympathy that this year we have GCSEs and A-Levels taking place together. But the revision and stress over exams is nothing compared to all the deliberation about ‘what next’ that happens at 16 and 18. Orli Vogt-Vincent (a 16 year old student) has written on the Guardian…

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Plans for 2016

I’ve been talking to a number of people about my plans for 2016, and it struck me that I should share these more widely.  As well as my work as “Champion for Girls’ Opportunities in Engineering” I see myself as a catalyst and facilitator for action in that I gather information and share it:  I bring people together (whether to…

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Kate’s Review of 2015

My intention this year was to increase my focus on Championing Girls’ Opportunities in Engineering, while still keeping up connections with the broader STEM and Education communities.  However, the portfolio nature of work like mine means that things don’t always go entirely as planned.  So when it came to reviewing the year, I’m actually really pleased how 2015 has turned…

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What is putting girls off engineering?

A tweet caught my eye today linking to a blog from Barrie Weaver. A recent Royal Academy of Engineering report states that 50% of engineering graduates don’t go on into mainstream engineering companies and Barrie’s blog then suggests why that might be the case. Apparently, when researching where to apply for a job;  “I discover dozens of engineering companies presenting me…

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Festivals and Events

The summer holidays may be over, but there are still opportunities to develop that all important ‘science capital’ for children. I first heard of the concept of measuring family science capital as a member of the ASPIRES advisory board – it takes in science-related qualifications, understanding, knowledge (about science and ‘how it works’), interest and social contacts (e.g. knowing someone…

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