We teach exciting science activities to girls
and make professional videos
of them doing these.
Photos: Goethe-Institut/Miora Rajanoary
Photo: Goethe-Institut/Miora Rajanoary
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Video: Goethe-Institut/Xongani Maluleka/Zenande Mtati
Only about 30% of science researchers in the world are women and the gender digital and science divide has only increased in developing countries since 2013.
Bridging this gap is complicated because its roots run deep. Unequal access to education for girls; gender stereotypes and poor access to science labs are just some of the obstacles in the way of girls being curious about science and technology.
That's where I Am Science comes in.
It teaches girls from disadvantaged communities exciting science activities and then co-creates professional videos of them doing these. It then publishes these on YouTube and social media where they are free to be used by anyone as educational content.
The project targets early high school girls with no access to science labs and gives them a hands-on experience of chemistry and physics, with the aim of increasing curiosity in science. By then creating high-quality, free videos of girls confidently presenting these science activities it also aims to change perceptions around girls in science.
Because representation is important.
The project also offers a coding programme in which girls are exposed to the basics of coding for hardware.
Teen girls will touch, hear and see the scientific concepts they’ve only heard about from words on a chalkboard. They will watch themselves in high-quality videos of science activities. They will learn the language that makes the technologies they use, work. They will be able to say, ‘I am science’, because science is all around us. And it is for everyone, no matter who you are, or where you come from.
Head of Culture and Development
Strategy, Partnerships and Implementation
WHAT DID YOU THINK OF SCIENCE BEFORE DOING THE PROGRAMME?
"That it was difficult and complicated."
Photos: Goethe-Institut/Madelene Cronje