Crosby’s Soroptimists are active in promoting STEM locally.
STEM: a global initiative to increase the number of young people (particularly young women) choosing a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
There is an enormous gender gap in STEM, with far too few women in the scientific professions. This is no secret. Many girls still think science and engineering to be ‘man things’ – and not for them.
Crosby’s Soroptimists held their first STEM conference in 2016 for girls aged 13-16. Its main aim was to encourage girls to consider the sciences for GCSE, A-Level and beyond.
Feedback from the first conference prompted SI Crosby to organise a further three successful annual conferences. Take-up approached 100 local students in year four. Sadly the Covid-19 pandemic temporarily stalled the project.