One of the values of our school is fairness and we think that it is important that, if they are interested, girls are encouraged into science careers. Girls and women are not encouraged enough; here are some statistics to prove it:
• Only 13% of all jobs in science, engineering, technology and maths are done by women.
• Only 6% of engineers in the UK are women.
• Only 11% of all science companies are run by women.
In Irchester, we want all of the children –boys and girls- to be able to have a career in science if they want to. In Lab_13 any child can do science and experiment not just because they are boys or just because they are very clever but because they are interested in science and finding things out.
On the 9th of June, to encourage more children and girls into being interested in science, Ella, Rosie and Ellie went to Southend Junior School in Rushden to do some workshops for their science week. Now that we have been paid for our workshops this makes us PROFESSIONAL science communicators. We taught them about biochemistry, how important our DNA is and brought some incredible insects to show then just how much variation can occur because of DNA. We then got all the children to do an experiment to extract their DNA.
If you want to see your own DNA just use this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSyrax5bT2k . We did eight workshops and overall taught 210 children throughout the day. It was hilarious watching the children’s faces as they did parts of the experiment and also to see how wowed they were looking at their own DNA. 🙂 We asked them what they think their DNA would say about them and it was amazing to see them understand and take in something new!
By Rosie and Ella