A STEAM-focused programme for teenage girls

A STEAM-focused programme for teenage girls


Starting in September, a nonprofit will offer free STEAM education programmes to teenage girls.

The Girls in STEAM Academy seeks to close the gender gap in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) occupations. For this purpose, the NGO unveiled its new initiatives for 2022, which are designed to encourage young women between the ages of 14 and 18 to seek professions in the STEAM sectors.

Girls in STEAM Academy will host four further BridgeSTEAM 2022 programmes in the wake of the two two-day BridgeSTEAM programmes that were held in Limassol and Larnaca last year.

The programme will be held in Nicosia on September 17 and 18 for females ages 14 to 16 at the PwC Experience Centre and on October 15 and 16 for older teens ages 17 to 18 at a location to be revealed soon.

The workshop will also be offered to girls between the ages of 14 and 16 on November 19 and 20 at Antwork in Limassol, and on December 3 and 4, at Youth Makerspace in Larnaca.

"Although girls exceed boys in terms of digital literacy, only 17% of students and workers in ICT (Information and Communication Technology) professions in the EU are female, and only 36% of STEM graduates are female.

According to Girls in STEAM, gender norms that restrict girls from realising their full potential are the main cause of this.

The three stages of empowerment are the goals of the two-day BridgeSTEAM programme. First, by helping them advance their knowledge in programming, robotics, artificial intelligence, etc., and by letting them know about the job opportunities in STEAM fields. Second, by putting them in touch with female role models working in STEAM in Cyprus. The project will also provide educational workshops on the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations and career assistance from a reputable trainer (UN SDGs).

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