Women Engineers Pakistan team at Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences (LUMHS) conducted their first "Science for Progress" STEM School Outreach at the Pak-Turk International School, LUMHS Branch Jamshoro on Friday, January 12th 2018.
Previously, the team had communicated with four other schools, but were faced with difficulties as the administration at these schools were averse to the concept of counseling girls regarding Engineering fields; a bias that we will hopefully be able to overcome in future.
At the Pak-Turk International School, Team LUMHS conducted a 'STEM fields Awareness Session' of 90 minutes, addressing girls from classes 8th and 9th. The students had great aptitude; some of them having already tackled advanced stages of coding and website development at this level.
1- WEP Team LUMHS started off with the 'Let's talk' expression, and asked some open ended questions regarding the purpose of getting education, and how much of that knowledge are they able to utilize in their daily lives. The team also shared Alif Ailaan's factsheet on Education in Sindh, and ratio of girls out of school in order to further the sentiment of realizing and recognizing the concept of "privilege".
2- Then there was a 'Guess the name game' in which the team showed images of renowned women in Science, from both past and present (from the likes of Marie Curie, Rachel Carson, Katherine Johnson to Arifa Kareem and Jehan Ara from Pasha etc.) and shared their credits in the end.
3- The team made the students solve WEP's Career Guidance Cell Worksheet and heard their answers - in the end, 50% of the girls were inclined towards Medicine but there were future scientists, architects, bankers, electrical and chemical engineers, and a few wild life photographers as well, in the audience.
4- The team also conducted an interactive STEM quiz, asking the students to describe certain physical, mechanical, and science phenomena, and their working theories in our everyday lives. The winners were gifted with funky stationary.