Athena Swan

Athena Swan promotes and supports the careers of women in Science, Engineering and Technology (STEM), and aims to address gender inequalities and imbalance in these disciplines and, in particular, the under-representation of women in senior roles.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Letters to a Pre-scientist

Over on Twitter, I have just heard about a pen-pal scheme in the US called 'Letters to a Pre-Scientist'. The idea is that scientists of all stripes write letters to middle school students (years 7-9) in underprivileged communities to describe life as a scientist, the types of careers available, what gets them excited about science - anything that broadens students' experiences beyond the (sometimes) mundane nature of classroom lessons. Letters are exchanged 4 times a year through the students' teachers, with helpful advice available to scientists and teachers throughout. For the really keen, you can also do an online chat with a class of students!
Since the programme runs for a full school year, this year's assignments are already under way, but if you think this is a project for you - perhaps you want to get involved in outreach, but don't have the time to visit during school hours? - then they always welcome interested scientists to get in touch. Given the varied backgrounds of the students, the organisers are keen to attract scientists from around the world - so much the better if you are from an underrepresented group yourself.
For more details, and to register, visit the site here.

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