Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire is supporting National Science and Engineering Week, 14 to 23 March 2014, and the Government’s effort to get more women and girls to choose a career in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Schools, community groups, science centres and museums across Britain are organising thousands of events and activities involving hundreds of scientists and engineers.
Commenting, Jo said:
“Lots of young people are challenged and stimulated by science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics. However even though girls out-perform boys at secondary level, and there are more women graduating from university than men, just 12% of engineering and technology undergraduates are women.
“In November I met with Ronna Montgomery who teaches physics at Bearsden Academy, and runs the Institute of Physics’ Teacher Network in Scotland, and her colleague Gail Millar to discuss best strategies for increasing girls’ participation locally and across Scotland.
“I’d like to see more being done to encourage greater numbers of young people, especially girls and young women, into careers in these areas and National Science and Engineering Week is a great way of getting more people interested. For more information please visit:
Jo at a 2013 Big Bang event for young UK Scientists and Engineers