STEM Challenge 2018-19 – encouraging girls to take up science-based careers


Third Soroptimist International Stem Challenge for secondary school girls – October 2018-June 2019

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 are organising their STEM Challenge for schoolgirls in Key Stage 3/Years 8 & 9 (aged 12-14 years) for the third time during 2018-19.  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.