Aims of the project
Following the success of February's Science Day, we were pleased to run another workshop for G+T girls in Science. Partner schools have asked for sessions such as this as they find that their girls are often not inspired by Science, or that boys tend to take over in the classroom. We hope to break down the assumption that Science is a 'boys' subject.
The immediate beneficiaries include all who attended made up of girls, staff and parents. Pupils will take back what they have learnt and inspire their wider school community.
Background and goals
We piloted Science Day in 2014 after schools expressed a G&T event just for girls.
Science Day is planned and delivered by NGHS's Science Department under the provision of Reach Out.
Financial support was provided by HSBC and Big Lottery, Awards For All.
Follow up communication is made with all schools who attend, as well as asking participants to provide feedback on the day. Girls were asked to make post-it note responses about their favourite, or least favourite part of their day. The feedback was outstanding with many girls commented on how they enjoyed Fireworks in Chemistry and experimenting with light in Physics.
Thorough assessments are carried out yearly in summer before the next year's events are confirmed, but we regularly receive intermittent feedback throughout the year.
We hope that Science Day continues to inspire and engage young girls in science, as with some of our other events which include STEM. We do have children from the same schools attend several events over the year, so the exponential impact is shown through repeated attendance and engagement.
A total of 34 girls from Years 5 & 6 were involved from a mix of 8 city and county primary schools.
Frequency and duration
This event is ongoing and will be programmed every year.