It’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science!

According to Girlguiding’s Girls’ Attitudes Survey 52% of girls aged 11-21 agree that STEM subjects have the image of being more for boys. We want to help change this and empower more girls to get involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

To celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science we caught up with Sara Elg from the University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research. Her team visited Girlguiding Dunbartonshire to encourage more girls to take an interest in STEM subjects and here she shares how they got on.

How did your Girlguiding Dunbartonshire visit come about?

Michelle, a member of our team, is a leader and she invited us along to help the Guides earn their Science badge. We were really eager to go as we love talking about science and sharing our passion.

Tell us more about what you got up to with the girls…

We have a few different activities we take to public engagement events so there were five fun stations for them all to check out. The girls got creative and made 3D origami viruses and built their own virus using shredded paper, air dough and plastic pegs. When they weren’t making ‘jelly cells’ in petri dishes (and then eating them) the girls dressed up in lab coats and took part in fun challenges!

What were the highlights from the day?

We really wanted to show how fun exploring science can be so seeing how excited everyone was to take part and get stuck in was great! It was amazing to hear the girls chat about how they’re keen to study more science subjects in the future. However, the best part of the day was getting to hand out the science badges at the end to everyone and we even got to take one home ourselves!

Share you skills with your local unit

Do you have a hobby you’re passionate about or a skill you would like to share with your local unit? From baking to sports, get in touch if you would like to arrange a visit and help inspire more girls in your area.