Female Empowerment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Higher Education (FeSTEM) aims to promote an innovative method and pedagogy that will allow HE students to use traditional and computationally-rich media to create meaningful, shareable exhibits that will act as mentoring models for encouraging girls and women to remain active in STEM.
The novelty of our approach is reflected in the activities that will make use of traditional and computationally-rich media through which we envisage to expose HE students to successful female role models in STEM and encourage the development of networking opportunities for women to establish a peer support system. The making of meaningful, shareable exhibits is based on the premise that by having students engage as scientists in a creative, hands-on, and passionate endeavour allows them to spark their motivation to remain active in STEM- a motivation that is often extinguished by extrinsic and goals and expectations of education and workplace.
The main project outcomes are foreseen to be: a gender-sensitive teaching methodology for engaging HE students in making shareable exhibits and promoting gender-equality issues, an open source online instrument for making gender-sensitive shareable exhibits, resources in the form of examples to illustrate how shareable exhibits can act as mentoring constructs for women in STEM and a mentoring community platform for STEM HE students.
regarding the needs, challenges, difficulties and expectations of women in STEM in higher education (HE) and industry.
a gender-sensitive curriculum for STEM that consists of a set of training methodologies that can be used for guiding gender-sensitive teaching and the FeSTEM approach that informs the training methodology.
which summarises the challenges that girls and women are expected to encounter in their early and senior careers and propose best practices policies for young women to adopt when entering the STEM professional world.
with traditional and digital materials for constructing gender-sensitive exhibits as well as reporting on the materials and tools (digital and traditional) that can be used for developing gender-sensitive exhibits.
based on the results of the previous outputs and available for wider usage.
The Festem Erasmus+ project (https://festemproject.eu/ ) is celebrating the Erasmus Days 14-16 October 2021 with a number of events co-organised by all the consortium members!! An event took place on October 15th, 2021, at 10:00 CET via Google Meet and Facebook...
The FeSTEM team presented the FeSTEM Platform at the WomENcouage 2021 (https://womencourage.acm.org/2021/) in September 2021, with a poster entitled: 'FeSTEM community platform: creating meaningful, mentoring relationships with experts in STEM'. The poster presented...
On the 26th of August 2021, an online workshop took place online with the STEM Maker Team of Cyprus of the FeSTEM project. The workshop included activities aiming to identify the best possible tools and materials to be included in the gender-sensitive toolkit...