We need a world that works for everybody, and that means we need people from all backgrounds and experiences, in STEM careers and education.
SeeMe is an interactive, curriculum-linked stage show created by Siemens and BBC science presenter Fran Scott. The show explores ground-breaking contributions to science, technology engineering and maths (STEM), taking the audience on a journey into the world of STEM with captivating live stage experiments.
SeeMe was first launched as SeeWomen on International Women’s Day 2016 as part of a unique collaboration with the Girls’ Schools Association (GSA). The aim of SeeWomen was to promote gender diversity in STEM industries by introducing audiences to the achievements of female leaders in STEM. It drew attention to female role models and addressed some of the gender stereotypes and misconceptions about engineering.
But gender diversity is only part of the story. In a world where the UK needs 203,000 people with Level 3+ engineering skills each year to meet demand, it is vital that Siemens continues to highlight role models from a diverse variety of identities and backgrounds; increasing the opportunity for young people to see and recognise people like themselves in exciting and challenging careers.
All new SeeMe celebrates cultural, ethnic, sexual, gender and ability diversity within the STEM community, discusses stereotypes and misconceptions and explores some of the perceived barriers to pursuing a STEM career. Ultimately the show highlights how diverse teams are more likely to reach technological breakthroughs and innovation.
Watch SeeMe (formerly SeeWomen) Show Online
Why is diversity important?
By highlighting and celebrating diversity across STEM we hope to help address continued inequalities in STEM for example:
- 1 in 5 students studying STEM subjects are from a BAME background but BAME men are 28% less likely to work in STEM than white men.
- It is estimated that LGBT people are approximately 20 per cent less represented in STEM fields than expected. Additionally, male LGBT undergraduates are much less likely to stay in STEM degrees than straight men.
and ensure our future workforce is fully representative of the population.
Girls in STEM KS2
The Siemens Education 'Girls in STEM' classroom activity was developed with support from the PSHE Association to help teachers and parents encourage and nurture their child’s careers ambitions.
This resource is aimed at pupils aged 10 years and builds on evidence suggesting careers expectations and aspirations are set at a very early stage.
The lessons are also designed to help address the gender imbalance and the drop-off in interest in STEM subjects and career choice in primary school through the PSHE curriculum.
See Women KS3/4
The SeeWomen showcase has been adapted into a classroom presentation to support teachers and STEM ambassadors to inspire girls in GSA and state schools.
The develpment of SeeMe would not have been possible with support from out key contributors:
· Girls' Schools Assosiation (GSA)
· Dr Clara Barker, Chair of the Oxford University LGBT+ Advisory Group
· Isa Mutlib , Exec Director BAME Apprenticeship Alliance
· Louisa Stupple-Harris, BSA lead and for All Party Parliamentary Group for Diversity & Inclusion in STEM
· Sarah Cosgriff, Minorities in STEM
· STEM Disability Advisory Committee