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.

About us

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.

Resources

Data and analysis of the current state of the art

regarding the needs, challenges, difficulties and expectations of women in STEM in higher education (HE) and industry.

FeSTEM methodology

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.

FeSTEM industry-informed Toolkit

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.

Toolbox

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.

FeSTEM Online Learning Unit

based on the results of the previous outputs and available for wider usage.

FeSTEM community platform

that aims to link HE students in STEM with experienced mentors in the field.

News

Science or magic? Join us for a Social Cafe

Join us for a Social Cafe "Science or magic?" dedicated to new synergies between institutions and the role of women in STEM, as well as the projects In2steam, FemSTEM and FeSTEM this Friday, October 16 at 9:00 CET. The discussion will be held in Italian.You can watch...

Join us for a Social Cafè

Join us for a Social Cafè on the topic "Technology for Everyone" with projects FeSTEM, SEEDS - Social Entrepreneurship Empowering Development in Preschools and D3: Developing Digital Data Literacy tomorrow, at 15:50 CET. The discussion will be held in Italian.You can...