After-school activities

#1

A few questions to discuss:

  • How can after-school activities and clubs help encourage girls to engage with STEM subjects?
  • What’s the role of all-girl clubs, such as coding clubs or robotics clubs?
  • How can teachers engage with outside experts to provide support for clubs in areas where specialist knowledge is important?
  • Is the gender of those outside experts important?
  • Do we need to get more women volunteering to help with after-school activities and, indeed, how does this fit in with women’s existing family responsibilities given that most mothers still bear much of the domestic workload?
  • Should we be looking at getting more non-mothers to volunteer?
  • What kinds of resources would be helpful?

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#2
  • I’ve had great success with https://www.codeclub.org.uk/ - I’ve run it with girls from around 8-14 and seems to work very well for that age range.
  • I’m unsure. The classes I ran were mixed. 6 boys to 4 girls. I felt that both benefited from seeing that girls were just as good (if not better) than the boys.
  • The hard part is arranging for regular visits. CodeClub has a list of nearby experts - but it’s a good idea to reach out to local businesses.
  • We used men and women. Anecdotally, the kids seemed to react well to both.
  • Pass!
  • Yes - I think it’s important for both to see young, professional women. It also reduces that “OMG! Are you so-and-so’s MUM!?!?!” factor.
  • As I’ve said, CodeClub is good for Scratch, Python, and HTML. I think it’s more of a case of finding the expert and fitting the class around that.
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#3

Thanks for that, Edent. Having run these clubs, do you have any insights on what sort of information would be needed for a school or teacher to set one up?

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