Science Foundation Ireland, through the SFI Discover Programme seeks to promote the awareness and engagement of the Irish public with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The mission of the SFI Discover Programme is to catalyse, inspire and guide the best in STEM education and public engagement. All applications must clearly outline how the project will address SFI’s goal to enable an engaged and scientifically informed public in Ireland.
Projects should address this by showing how they
- promote and support STEM education
- promote STEM career pathways
- increase the general public’s engagement with STEM and its importance in society
See here for more details and information on how to apply.
Active learning begins with curiosity! The Curious George STEM Collection is a great way to help young children understand science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts, such as measuring, building, and simple machines. Lesson plans with Curious George videos offer hands-on investigations and exciting new learning opportunities that will inspire children to explore the world around them. As students ask questions, predict outcomes, share observations, and formulate theories, they establish the science skills and “habits of mind” that lead to academic success and lifelong learning.
George STEM | Classroom Resources | PBS LearningMedia.
Just 13% of science, tech, maths and engineering workers are female. There are several initiatives around the the globe which aims to readdress this balance. From encouraging little girls to play with Lego to mentoring and inspiring female students in University. Many claim a lack of positive female role models is to blame for this gender imbalance. Certainly, I remember only one woman professor in the department I did my degree research in.
I passionately strive to encourage young girls to consider STEM careers and am a member of many organisations such as ScienceGrrl and Project Yamina which are working hard to keep girls interested in scientific research and careers.
Here, Rachel Swaby, author of a book highlighting women’s contributions to science, chooses her favourite female scientists, from the greatest dinosaur hunter to the inventor of Kevlar.