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, created by Siemens and BBC science presenter Fran Scott, is both an interactive, curriculum-based online digital workshop and a demonstration-filled stage show. Live performances of the stage show are currently on-hold, but the digital workshop is perfect during COVID times.
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 it highlights how diverse teams are more likely to reach technological breakthroughs and innovation.
SeeMe was first launched as SeeWomen on International Women’s Day 2016 as part of a unique collaboration with the Girls’ Schools Association (GSA) and state schools all around the UK. 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.
Digital SeeMeThis 45 minute session is to help guide KS3+ and S1+ students through decisions about their future career and open their eyes up to new industries they may not have thought of before. Digital SeeMe is designed so that it can either be run as a teacher-guided classroom session, or as a student-guided session at home.
Work your way through the workshop using this webpage. Most of what you need is right here on this webpage, the only other things you’ll need is a pen and paper (and some headphones if you want to use them). It should take you approximately 45 minutes to complete.
Digital SeeMe consists of several videos as well as various tasks for you to do. You will be guided through the videos by television presenter Fran Scott, and everything you need to complete the tasks is written right here on the webpage.
So, what are you waiting for? Start the session by playing Video 1.
Digital SeeMe consists of several videos as well as various tasks to complete and has been designed so that it can either be run as a teacher-guided classroom session, or as a student-guided session at home.
If you want to run it as a student-guided session then simply direct your students to this website page and ask them to follow the instructions under the heading ‘If you are a student’. Everything they need is on this webpage.
If you prefer to run it as a classroom session then please download the Teacher Guide PDF and follow the instructions.
After you have completed the workshop with your students, we would very much appreciate any feedback you may have. To do this, simply complete the feedback form at the end of the Teacher Guide and send it to us via the email address given. Completing it will only take 3 minutes and you’ll be entered into a draw to win a free SeeMe Live show delivered to your school.
Fran is a maker, pyrotechnician and television presenter and throughout this workshop she’s on-hand to help you with your career choices. You may have seen her on programmes such as Absolute Genius with Dick and Dom, LegoMasters, or Abandoned Engineering. She has developed this workshop alongside Siemens, as it is something she wishes someone had told her when she was your age.
Use a pen and paper to write down your answers to each of the following questions…
Q1: How much of your lifetime will be spent doing your job?
a) A fifth
b) A quarter
c) A third
Q2: How many different jobs will the average person who is your age now have in the future?
c) 6 or more
Q3: What percentage of jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t been invented yet?
Q4: What job do you want to do?
This obviously isn’t multiple choice, it’s for you to decide and then write down your answer.
Once you’ve done the quiz, you can play Video 2.
Here you will write two lists - like described in the video. List 1 is for the things you like to do now and List 2 is for the things you think you’d like to do when you are older.
For each list, give yourself 5 minutes and write down as many as things as you can think of.
When the 5 minutes is up have a look at what you’ve written down, do you have anything to add?
Advice: You may have found this difficult, or easy. Everyone is different. If you found it really difficult, this isn’t something you have to do now, or even today, you can do it when you’ve got some proper time to think, but you should do it. If you don’t, you run the risk of just falling into a job that you didn’t choose and that isn’t right for you.
When you are happy with your lists move onto Video 3.
Task 4 - Meet the WorkersBelow are videos from all of the workers you met in Task 3. In the videos they share what they do, how they got into their job, advice they have for you and misconceptions they think people have about working in Engineering and Technology. You don’t have to watch all the videos, just watch which ever ones interest you. Try and watch at least 3 different videos. When you’ve done this, move onto Task 5.
Task 5 - What Next?We are nearly at the end of the workshop. But this is just the beginning of your career path. What we’ve been through today shouldn’t stop the moment you close this webpage. You have your lists and a way of thinking that can help you find a job that’s right for you. So what are your next steps? Watch the final video, Video 5, to find out…
Still want to know more? You can discover more about Apprenticeships, Internships and Graduate schemes at Siemens via the Early Careers website. Or, if you want to learn more about the work done at Siemens around the world, then check out the People at Siemens webpage.
By highlighting and celebrating diversity across STEM we ensure our future workforce is fully representative of the population by addressing continued inequalities, 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.
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.
The development 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