Women's group sparks girls' science interest

PUBLISHED: 14:00 08 August 2016

Girls testing their lung capacity.

Girls testing their lung capacity.

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A women's organisation in Weston has set up a science programme to inspire young girls.

Soroptimist International’s Weston branch has created the Sparking Science programme, which aims to generate interest in science among girls at primary schools.

The professional women’s group aims to improve the lives of women and girls at home and internationally.

Sixty year four pupils from four primary schools took part in multiple science sessions and experiments using the facilities at Churchill Academy in the past month.

The experiments included examining snail slime, discovering lung capacity and creating a clock using cups and water.

A spokesman for the organisation said: “Teachers have been saying to us by the time girls arrive in secondary school they already perceive science to be a boys’ subject.

“We wanted to counter this gender stereotyping and to empower girls by using older girls to teach younger pupils, thus cascading the knowledge down the age groups.”

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