The project Female Legends of Science is an Erasmus Plus 2-year strategic partnership (Sept. 2019 – August 2021) is based on the values of gender equality and non-discrimination between women and men in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, innovation and innovative entrepreneurship.
The partnership is composed of the Turkish coordinator, Bahcesehir Univeritesi Foundation, Sukran Ulgezen Mesleki ve Teknik Anadolu Lisesi (Turkey), Euphoria, Challedu (Greece), AIJU (Spain) and Casa corpului didactic Teleorman (Romania).
The starting point of the project is based on the 2017 UNESCO report that reveals the situation and the need for focusing in girls’ and women’ education in STEM in different educational levels .
Key messages of the report are that gender differences in STEM education participation at the expense of
girls begin as early as ECCE in science- and math-related play, and are more visible at higher levels of education. Girls appear to lose interest in STEM subjects with age, particularly between early and late adolescence. This lowered interest affects participation in advanced studies at secondary-level especially when specialisation begins and students make choices about which subjects to select. Furthermore, girls appear to lose interest in STEM subjects with age and more than boys do.
Female Legends of Science – FEMALES – aims at contributing to the change of this situation.
The objectives of Female Legends of Science are the following:
To bring out the significant role of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)
To fight stereotypes of students and teachers
To inspire young girls through role-model education to follow STEM careers.
To enhance aquicission of key skills and competences for STEM careers from all students (boys and girls)
To enhance teachers’ skills in dealing with inclusion in STEM
The project is targeting:
-Young girls (age 13-18): empowering them through role-model game-based education in approaching STEM, finding
inspirational personalities and planning their careers without considering social stereotypes.
-Young boys (age 13-18): empowering them to respect their female classmates and later coworkers without stereotypes by acquainted with the importance of women contributions in STEM .
-STEM teachers (in secondary education): enhancing their skills and professional development by providing them innovative educational methods to make the role of women in science visible in their classroom, overcome their own stereotypes and encourage young girls in STEM.
-STEM professionals like trainers, career coaches, science communicators, researchers, university stuff
Participants within the duration of the project will be 300 professionals (teachers and others) and 1500 students of the profile described above.
Over two years, we are going to create:
-a Methodological Guide for role-model education for girls and women in STEM;
-development Role-model, game-based Educational Tools and Designed Game-based Activities;
-development of MOOCs conserning the role-model, game-based education.
The first transnational project meeting took place in Alexandria on 15-17 January 2020.
We will meet again in June 2020 in Rome!