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Impact 2015 - Girls Science Exploratory

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2015
program impact
summary
52 teachers trained
154 girls in clubs
45 science & stationery kits distributed
Contribute to class discussions
Ask questions in class
Speak up in class even if unsure
86%
91%
83%
greater
confidence
in class
I like sharing ideas at the club
enhanced
curiosity & risk-taking
outside class
would do more hands-on science at home, if they had the materials
97%
95%
think they can teach younger girls the same activities
49%
have tried or designed new experiments at home
96%
want to know more about the world
I really like participating in practical work
88%
97%
98%
spends more time studying science
would pursue science programmes at university
would pursue a science track in senior high school, if financed
more
positive orientation
towards STEM
My grade in science has improved
greater awareness
professional career
broader options
20% of girls were not interested in a STEM-related career (other). Medical careers were of predominant interest before the program (64%). As girls' understanding of the applications of STEM, and their confidence increased, more were inclined towards careers in engineering (2% to 12%) and science (4% to 6%). Interestingly, girls were also interested in becoming accountants and bank managers, which needs maths. Interest in being a teacher also grew, a testament to the power of our teachers in modeling effective instruction, and in inspiring learning.
Science is easier to understand now
Evaluation notes 1. Results were derived from questionnaire responses from 111 participants out of a total population of 140 from 6 schools in Pokuase, Ghana. Students ranged from class 4 to class 8 (JHS 2), and have been attending clubs since January 2015. Responses were collected in July 2015. 2. Medical-related careers include nurse, nutritionist, pharmacist. 3. Non-STEM related careers include journalist, lawyer, soldier, fashion designer, caterer, civil servant.
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