Last month, the All-Party Parliamentary Group released a long-awaited report, titled Equity in STEM. The APPG are headed up by Chi Onwurah MP (a former Electrical Engineer) and in partnership with the British Science Association.
The report discussed the findings of a 15-month Inquiry into whether schools in England provided equal opportunities in STEM education.
The report had six key recommendations for the Government. One of which was "A Minister responsible for addressing inequity within the education system" - which we fully support.
"All-Party Parliamentary Group on Diversity and Inclusion in STEM aims to promote the inclusion and progression of people from diverse backgrounds in STEM, and to encourage government, parliamentarians, academics, businesses and other stakeholders to work towards a STEM sector that is representative of the population." - APPG for Diversity and Inclusion in STEM.
Copyright: British Science Association
For National Sickle Cell Awareness Day 2020, YGASTEM decided to pair up with a local scientist and Sickle Cell 'expert' Mrs Joseph.
She is a Biomedical scientist with an extensive background, who joined up with Genevieve to host a LIVE Q&A which was streamed to Periscope, Twitter and Facebook!
With over 100 live viewers, and over 500 views currently on Twitter, this was a great success.
You can watch the full clip on our Instagram IGTV! @ygastem
This was our first week of Q&A sessions on Twitter! They went down a storm!
We hosted three STEM Professionals, for a question and answer session, in which we found out about their current role, their past studies, their passions and what they would advise to young gifted and STEM students, or even those who think STEM is not for them!
Monday - Sigourney @siggs28 - PhD Oncology Scientist @ Cambridge
Wednesday - Deshaine @shaineneuro - PhD Neurotech Researcher at Imperial and Cambridge
Thursday - Louisa @louisa_geo - PhD Earthquak Seisomology researcher at Liverpool
You can find the conversation threads on our twitter!
Our founder Genevieve Bent, presented on YGASTEM for the first time, at the Annual Association for Science Education Conference at the University of Reading!
She presented to a theatre of teachers, educators and educational researchers on the vision and aims for Young GIfted and STEM. Who, What and Why!
Genevieve discussed both recent and past statistics of Black British entry into STEM undergraduate courses and progression into careers. With only 6.2% of STEM undergrad entry, Black British, (according to BBSTEM), more needs to be done.
She also described why she believes now is a great time to launch, as there are several initiatives for Girls into STEM but less so for Black students, and why she is so passionate about the issue.
During Q&A, a member of the audience described how transparent and specific the aims are for YGASTEM in working with young black people, to which she agreed.
Following successful feedback, Genevieve hopes to build partnerships with the ASE team, which could lead to great things for Young Gifted and STEM, this year and in the future!
You can see more of what Genevieve got up to at the conference, over on Twitter!