Ellie Highwood: Never too young – The importance of challenging science stereotypes in primary school

Ellie Highwood’s presentation from the Finding Ada Conference 2020.


Organisations have been trying to get more women into science for decades, yet numbers remain low, perhaps because gendered views about science start to fix at age 5-7 whilst most “women into STEM” initiatives focus on KS3+. The talk will discuss the evidence for needing to start younger, and discuss how to increase “science capital” for all at primary school level using experiences as a STEM ambassador in primary schools, building science capital from EYFS to Year 6.

About Ellie

As a female physicist I worked in climate science research for over 20 years, including being Head of Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading. I was also Dean for Diversity and Inclusion there for 4 years. Now self-employed as a coach and diversity and inclusion consultant. Throughout I have volunteered as “Professor Ellie” co-creating hands-on science experiences for EYFS to Year 6 that help increase science capital for all.

Twitter: @elliehighwood
LinkedIn: /Ellie_Highwood

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