Olivia Dickinson: Let Toys Be Toys: how to challenge gender stereotypes in childhood

Olivia Dickinson's presentation from the Finding Ada Conference 2020.
Synopsis
Explanation and introduction of the Let Toys Be Toys campaign, why it exists, what’s been achieved since 2012, why it still needs to exist in 2020, and how challenging sexism and gender stereotypes need to start in childhood.
About Olivia
Olivia has 20 years’ experience in children’s media, across CBeebies, CBBC, Discovery Education, Nickelodeon and Sky Kids. She has extensive expertise in how to challenge inequalities in childhood, including as a key member of the Let Toys Be Toys campaign and as Programme Director, (Schools) for the educational charity Lifting Limits. She’s on the executive group at the CMF, responsible for Diversity & Inclusion; and has an MA in Early Childhood Studies.

Twitter: @LetToysbeToys
Facebook: @LetToysBeToys
LinkedIn: /Olivia_Dickinson
Instagram: @LetToysBeToys...

 

 

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“The Crow”: Poland’s radio girl

Aleks Krotoski, photographed by Greg Funnell on behalf of Geek Calendar

Originally published in the ebook A Passion for Science: Stories of Discovery and Invention

by Aleks Krotoski

The radio was hidden in the wardrobe. The wardrobe, a beautiful piece that was part of a set of bedroom furniture hand-carved from birch wood by her father, now sits in the spare room in her Southern California home. The rest of the pieces, with their matching curves and hand-crafted clawed feet, are now in her bedroom, just as they were until 1939. She and her mother managed to save them all by stowing them in a neighbour’s attic when the Gestapo came to take the rest, and then in another neighbour’s attic when the Gestapo gutted that home too. She smuggled them out of the country when they escaped in 1945, piling them on top of the car her father found after they were reunited in Romania.

The radio was square with curved edges, an elegant piece which, by coincidence, matched the look and feel ...

 

 

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Ying Wan Loh: How I got into engineering

Ying Wan Loh's presentation from the Finding Ada Conference 2020.
Synopsis
This talk is aimed at young people who might be considering engineering as a career. I will talk about my (sometimes not very straightforward) journey into engineering. I will share some of the exciting projects I have worked on, from space drilling to jet engines, and paint a picture of what engineering looks like in the 21st century.
About Ying
Ying Wan Loh won the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year in 2019. She was also listed on EW BrightSparks and Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe. She completed her MPhil in Industrial Systems, Manufacture and Management at the University of Cambridge and BEng (Hons) degree in Mechanical Design Engineering at the University of Glasgow. As a passionate STEM ambassador, she featured in the media such as Sky TV, BBC East Midlands, BBC Derby Radio, LBC News and several podcasts to promote diversity in STEM.

Twitter: @The_YWL
LinkedIn: /YingWanLoh...

 

 

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Can Children’s Books Encourage More Girls into STEM?

Panel discussion from the Finding Ada Conference 2020.
Synopsis
Our panellists will be asking what role books play in helping girls build an identity that includes STEM, whether books can really counter gender stereotypes, how we represent multiple axes of diversity, and talk a bit about how they came to write books for children.

Featuring:

Miriam Tocino, author Zerus & Ona
Kate Wilson, managing director of Nosy Crow
Lisa Rajan, author Tara Binns series
Dr Sheila Kanani, author of How to Be an Astronaut and Other Space Jobs

About our speakers
Miriam Tocino

Miriam Tocino is a software developer, programming teacher, and mum dedicated to making computers more approachable, friendly, and easy to understand. She is the author of Zerus & Ona, a book series that teaches young children about the digital world without the need for a screen.

Twitter: @miriamtocino
LinkedIn: /miriamtocino
Website: zerusandona.com

 

Kate Wilson
Kate Wilso...

 

 

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Dame Anne McLaren: From one generation to the next

Originally published in the ebook A Passion for Science: Stories of Discovery and Invention.

by Kat Arney

When I started my PhD at the Gurdon Institute in Cambridge, I was an ambitious, and probably quite insufferable, young thing straight out of university. At the other end of her scientific lifespan was Anne — more formally known as the Honourable Dame Anne Laura Dorinthea McLaren — who, even though in her 70s, was a regular and forceful presence in the lab and in our shared team meetings. Once I’d got over my arrogant assumption that this short but sprightly old lady had nothing to teach me, I became hugely respectful of her views and thoughts.

As a newly hatched scientist, I was learning my trade working with Professor Azim Surani. My research was embryonic in both senses of the word, as I tried to understand some of the earliest events that happen when life begins. Hour after hour I stared in fascination and frustration down a microscope watching perfectly spherical mouse...

 

 

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