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Stereotypes, STEM, and Young People

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This post has been written by Madelynn, a Year 9 student from Cairns who participated in a Work Experience week with She Maps.

STEM and Youth

For a long time, society has classed men and women as being more or less capable in different fields, for example in the subject of science and technology which has a men to women ratio of 72% to 28%. As we move forward and advance in technology and become more modernised, new opportunities will arise for the next generation. But is this continual development encouraging teamwork between all young people in the coming generation?

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) does exactly that. There are many industries encompassed within STEM such as agriculture, architecture, ecology, biology, technology and much more. It has a heavy involvement with entrepreneurial companies like She Maps, based on getting young girls into science technologies. With these partnerships and involvements, STEM as a whole aims to bring young boys and girls together as one to continue following on with modern projects.

One of these modern projects is learning about AI, as it is predicted that it will replace over 20 million manufacturing jobs by 2030. Hence, STEM aims to encourage boys and girls across the board to learn about this development and be the generation to have these responsibilities of furthering AI.

As mentioned before, the STEM field with entrepreneurial companies. She Maps is one of those companies. Created by Paul Mead and Dr. Karen Joyce, She Maps is all about getting in touch with young girls and bringing more into the world of science and working together with other people within their age group.

Now having that understanding of what STEM and She Maps is about, how will this benefit youth? Previously said, this next generation will take us forward into the future of technology, new inventions, and furthering scientific research unlike before. 

Why the focus on youth, ‘the next generation’? The goal is starting at a young age, more understanding is gained and will spark the interest of many other people around the world, and hopefully, increasing the number of female employees in this work sector.

Boys and girls in their youth now have a very different future to look forward to with the continual science research taking place now, and the production of AI. When looking back at the point of the long-standing stereotypes in workplaces, as the future changes, youths can then develop the power to realise that men and women are as capable as each other. A new generation, bigger and better inventions of AI, modernised futures and an equal outlook about men and women.

We can consider the flow on effect. Starting in their youth, boys and girls will forget the past stereotypes and all will have an equal chance. This will likely follow through to their future, continuing with AI studies, new products, and furthering STEM research, remaining a team.

Biography

Hi, my name is Madelynn. I am 14, born in Cairns, and a grade 9 student. I take particular interest in subjects of science, technology, and engineering. I also have been a certified drone pilot for one year, giving me the ability to commercially pilot an un-manned aircraft up to seven kilograms. Though I have experience with flying, through CASA and Wicked Copters, I was invited to JCU to take part in a week of work experience in this subject with She Maps. The week contained so many open activities to participate in, workshops in speaking, and practical flying with micro-drones. It was certainly a valuable experience with new learning curves, and anyone given this same opportunity should take the chance and go for it, there’s so much to learn and something for everyone.

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