At BIS HCMC, we continue to see an increasing number of girls like Victoria choosing further study in the Maths and Sciences once they have completed their IB Diploma in Year 13. From our Class of 2019, we had a total of 37 students choosing related pathways for their higher education in fields such as Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience and Engineering. Of these, just under half (46%) were girls.
STEAM Coordinator at BIS HCMC Mr Luke Dyer explains why it’s so important that we continue to encourage participation in STEAM for every student;
“Ada Lovelace, Cecelia Payne, Dorothy Hodgekin, Elizabeth Garret Anderson, Sophie Germain, Sally Ride and Marie Curie; seven names that should be known to us all, but are not.
We shouldn’t need to celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science, but unfortunately, we do, as many female achievements in the Sciences have been overshadowed and far too many young women have not been allowed to enter careers in the sciences due to antiquated gender bias.
We need to constantly provide opportunities and inspiration to the young women in our schools in all areas of STEAM and the Sciences so that we do not just close the gender gap, but remove the concept that gender has any part to play in becoming a Scientist, Astronaut, Mathematician or whatever the youth of today aspire to be.”