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WISE@QMUL Video Series

A video project promoting STEMM subjects to girls who may not have considered them before, and to create a supportive environment from parents.

WISE@QMUL
  • School/Institute/Department: WISE
  • Subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine, Mathematics
  • Audience: School Children, Parents, Schools

This project is being put together by WISE@QMUL (Women in Science and Engineering). WISE@QMUL has been running since 2009 and is an informal student group for discussion and promotion of female participation in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine).

The project is a series of 5+ videos (each 1 minute long). Each video will feature a young girl playing with something that relates to the work of one of the scientists in the WISE committee e.g. botanical research, the child in the video plants seeds and measures shoots. The video will then switch to the committee member in her lab or working out in the field where she would explain her work and the importance of her work.

The videos will be targeted towards schools and parents with the aim of promoting STEMM subjects to girls who may not have considered them before, and to create a supportive environment from parents. The project will also promote the University as an excellent centre of research that is proactive in support for women performing research in non-traditionally female areas.

The project will include Year 6 pupils from a local primary school, strengthening bonds between QMUL and the local community. It will also provide an interactive setting for young girls to engage in the reality of potential futures in science. Filming of children will take place as part of a one day workshop where STEMM research is promoted to children in the participating school.

Once completed, these videos will remain available online and therefore accessible indefinitely, providing a sustained resource. The WISE team are also working on incorporating them into a workshop which could be provided by STEMNET to Centre of the Cell.

The main platform for showcasing the videos will be the WISE@QMUL website. As part of the project, the committee will provide links and information regarding the issues raised by the videos.

The WISE@QMUL video project received small award funding from the Centre for Public Engagement.

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