STEM Challenge 2017-18 – encouraging girls to take up science-based careers


Second Soroptimist International Finals and Prize-giving Ceremony, 8 March 2018:  More on our ‘What we’ve been up to’ page

Fewer girls than boys study STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths – to advanced level. The proportion is rising but the percentage is still below 20%.  The members of Soroptimist International are keen to encourage this upward trend, which is why the three Soroptimist International Clubs of Surrey Hills, Weybridge and Woking organised a STEM Challenge for schoolgirls in Key Stage 3/Years 8 & 9 (aged 12-14 years) for the second time during 2017-18.  The STEM Challenge is a competition that aims to foster the abilities of girls to innovate and become more interested in STEM subjects.  Taking part in a STEM Challenge helps girls to gain the confidence to overcome the barriers they may encounter in pursuing a STEM-based career.    

Our support for this project links into Sustainable Development Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls…and Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation. It also corresponds to the overall Sustainable Development Goal of eradicating poverty.