The NUSTEM Approach: Tackling the Engineering and Gender Challenge Together from Early Years to Sixth Form and beyond

Padwick, Annie, Davenport, Carol, Strachan, Becky and Shimwell, Joe (2017) The NUSTEM Approach: Tackling the Engineering and Gender Challenge Together from Early Years to Sixth Form and beyond. In: IET/EPC Conference: New Approaches to Engineering in Higher Education, 22nd May 2017, London, UK.

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Abstract

Despite significant investment in initiatives to increase participation and diversity in physical and computer sciences, technology and engineering, there has not been a corresponding increase in the number of young people choosing these subjects, and a strong gender imbalance remains. NUSTEM, a collaborative widening participation and outreach initiative at Northumbria University, believes a radical rethink is necessary to solve this engineering challenge. NUSTEM is investing in the next generation by working extensively with young people and their key influencers: parents, carers and teachers, from primary school to sixth form and beyond. Building on their own original research and experience combined with previous research and recommendation from others, NUSTEM has developed an innovative model of practice and theory of change. This paper identifies the evidence that has informed the development of the approach and outlines three key requirements for increasing the uptake of physical and computer sciences, technology and engineering by young people from under-represented groups.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: This paper was published as part of the Proceedings of the Conference on New Approaches to Engineering in Higher Education, jointly held and organised by the IET and EPC.
Uncontrolled Keywords: STEM, engineering education, young people, science capital, children, widening participation, outreach, gender inclusive
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
H100 General Engineering
X300 Academic studies in Education
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Becky Strachan
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2018 11:01
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2018 14:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/34451

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