The Hypatia Project: Gender-Inclusive STEM Education

In the Horizon2020-funded Hypatia Project, science centres and museums work together with schools, industry and academics to promote gender-inclusive STEM education and communication.

Hypatia developed a theoretical framework on gender-inclusive STEM education and produced, tested and promoted a toolkit with practical solutions and modules for schools, businesses, science centres and museums across Europe.

The modules focus on gender-inclusive ways of educating and communicating STEM, and explore the range of skills that are needed for a great variety of STEM studies and careers, leading to empowered students. The modules were developed by science centres and tested by teenagers and colleagues in other countries. This way, they can be applicable internationally. The collection of activities comprises workshops, speed dating, card games, debate scenarios and plays drawn from good practices across Europe. Every activity contains gender and facilitation guidelines and can be implemented by teachers, informal learning organisations, researchers and industry.

To provide a sustainable basis for these activities to be carried out throughout the educational systems of Europe, we created national Hubs. Led by science centres and museums, hubs are located in 14 countries: Austria, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Poland, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. By organizing events for teachers, head teachers, representatives of industry, policy makers and teenagers on the national level, they make sure the Hypatia digital toolkit is used widely across Europe.

Our campaign “Expect Everything” extends the Science it’s a Girl Thing campaign and inspires teenagers all across Europe reflecting the spirit of STEM.

On April 13th, our Hub in Vienna is organising an activity using the Hypatia framework. They are organising a citizen science café where teenagers between 13 and 18 are invited to meet and have a cup of coffee with 15 scientists from different disciplines and learn more about career possibilities in STEM. You can find all the Hypatia activities organised by each of our 14 Hubs on the Hypatia website’s News & Events page.

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