When: Monday 17th February, 2:00-3:30
The UNSW Women in Maths and Science Champions Program (‘The Program’) is a unique opportunity to strengthen participants communication and leadership skills while creating a platform for women in maths and science. It is also designed to provide women with the skills and confidence to build their public profile, make a positive impact to the broader science community and establish a connected network of women in maths and science.
Some of the identified primary reasons for girls and women to disengage with STEM education and careers align with the four sources of self-efficacy: performance outcomes, vicarious experience, verbal encouragement and emotional state (Bandura, 1977). The Program utilises self-efficacy theory as a theoretical framework which has reduced the women’s imposter syndrome perceptions.
A main component of The Program is supporting the women to strengthen their science communication skills through outreach opportunities. Measurements of these outreach activities will provide empirical evidence on whether outreach activities can have an impact on girls’ self-efficacy beliefs in STEM. These findings will shape a framework that demonstrates effective outreach objectives with the appropriate measurement tools.
The presentation will illustrate the process taken to design development initiatives that address systemic challenges in industries and organisations. The workshop will utilise a unique three-part process to highlight how the UNSW Women in Maths and Science Champions Program has been designed and implemented to address challenges faced by Women in STEM PhD and Early Career years.
What will participants gain from attending your presentation?
The presentation includes an explanation of the theoretical components that underpin the Program, exploration of the framework on a current program cohort and take- home tips for educators, education professionals, policymakers and industry representatives.
The participants will be provided with the framework to design and implement an agile development initiative .The presenters will provide tips and tricks to include responsive changes during roll out and guidelines to measure impact and effectiveness.