The Newton Academy – the Science Club for Girls is a series of Saturday morning science and technology-themed workshops set up by the University of Lincoln in June 2014 to take girls on a 3-year scientific voyage of discovery. The Saturday Club consists of hands-on activities and projects, designed to work alongside the national curriculum, that will inspire and enthuse the next generation of female scientists and engineers
The Newton Academy was created as part of the University of Lincoln’s Athena SWAN project, acknowledging the Institution’s commitment to improving the representation of women in science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM). To improve the representation of female academics in some STEM areas (particularly in physics, mathematics, engineering and computer science) we have to attract more girls to these subjects at School level
Science is fun!
We believe that early engagement is the key to increasing the popularity of STEM subjects among our girls. The Academy, therefore, aims to inspire 10–14 year olds in STEM subjects – subjects that research shows they are less likely to pursue – opening their eyes to the possibilities of what they can achieve, and encouraging them to consider post-16 study in STEM subjects… and ultimately, of course, to pursue science and technology careers.
During their three years, the Academy introduces the ‘Newton Girls’ to a wide range of science and technology subjects – from chemistry and bioscience, to mechanical and civil engineering, computer programming and mathematics. The ‘Newton Girls’ take part in projects that develop their confidence, their enthusiasm for STEM, and essential problem-solving and critical thinking skills. They develop leadership skills and the confidence to challenge any preconceptions that may prevent them from pursuing and being successful in any STEM field. But most of all, The Newton Academy aims to show young girls that science can be rewarding, challenging and fun!
Who can join?
The Academy is open to all Lincolnshire schoolgirls. Registration opens in April each year (newton.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk) and is open to all year 6 (age 10-11) girls. Enrolment is for 3-years - from the end of year 6 until the end of Year 9 (age 13-14), and is limited to approximately 40 places per year (first-come-first-served basis).
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