The UK has low enrollment of girls and ethnic minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) degrees. Many girls perceive STEM subjects to be too difficult to learn at a time when parliament war about a national digital skills crisis. We need to expose all our children to the fascinating aspects of STEM subjects. These also lead to rewarding, creative and lucrative careers. No children should feel that these subjects are out of reach. Forest participate in Google’s Virtual Reality programme, visit Bletchley Park, and hosts activities including coding, puzzles, Warhammer and Minecraft, to develop thinking skills, encourage participation in STEM subjects and have fun.
Parents have great influence over young children’s future aspirations, and should also keep the STEM subject options open for them. Materials intended to help children to learn about technology and coding can be intimidating though. Bright Little Labs is a children’s media organisation that makes educationally valuable and gender-neutral books, apps and games. It has published the first in a series of ‘Detective Dot’ books to help children aged 8 and over, to get to grips with computer science, and take part in interesting ‘missions’ by joining the online ‘CIA’. These materials allow parents to support their children and take part in the fun.
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