The Smallpeice Trust has donated 100 Think Kits to schools around the UK to start new STEM clubs encouraging girls into engineering.
The charity is enabling 100 female leaders in schools to run STEM clubs for their fellow students through their kits, which include resources such as structured session plans, worksheets, and guidance videos.
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Alice Bracher, 17, from Didcot Girls’ School received the first Think Kit. Alice, like all the STEM club leaders, is an Arkwright Engineering Scholar.
Alice, who is studying maths, further maths and physics, said: “The opportunity to help younger students in my school to be inspired about engineering, and for me to proactively encourage more females to take up STEM subjects is very rewarding and I’m looking forward to seeing the results.”
No one meeting brilliant Arkwright Engineering Scholars like Alice can fail to be inspired by them and their incredible potential.
– Dr Kevin P Stenson, The Smallpeice Trust
Dr Kevin P Stenson, CEO of The Smallpeice Trust, said: “Research shows that STEM clubs develop STEM knowledge, attitudes and habits of mind, and that participation in STEM clubs is correlated with higher STEM aspirations.
“No one meeting brilliant Arkwright Engineering Scholars like Alice can fail to be inspired by them and their incredible potential. That is why I believe enabling role model scholars like Alice to engage and inspire younger female students by leading a structured STEM club in her school will help address the gender imbalance in UK engineering.”