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Creation of a web platform to facilitate the project management
The web platform will have a user-friendly interface to help the project coordination. The platform will contain a data base with the information about the available classes and talks for the the schools. The final goal is that researchers and schools can register in the platform and contact each other to agree upon the meeting date and the topic to be presented to children. Schools should also be able to submit some photos of the talks and provide certificates to the researchers after the meetings.
The personal hired will carry out administration tasks, elaboration of reports, will be in contact with schools and researchers, etc.
Classes and talks (40)
Fees for the researches who give classes or talks, For each class or talk, the researcher will receive 100 euros including travel expenses.
We will elaborate a communication campaign including a dossier with photos of the scientists and technologysts taken by a professional photographer (2500€), posters (500€), promotion videos and divulgation results (1200€). Total 4200€.
Materials for the 40 workshops
Researchers will be provided with materials (reagents, consumables or small equipment), if needed, to carry out the workshops or talks at the cost of around 40 euros per meeting.
To support the management of the project.
|Total||€ 3.500||€ 18.200|
"COMO TÚ" seeks to make visible the work of women in science and technology. We believe that creating female referents in girls, boys and adolescents allows to eliminate stereotypes about the role of women in Science and Technology , overcoming the biased vision that society currently offers them.
In COMO TÚ, women scientists and technologists offer themselves to schools and institutes to give practical classes and/or talks on topics in the areas in which they are experts. We are more than 70 scientists and technologists from the fields of the so-called STEAM areas (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) such as Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Computer Science, Telecommunication Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Geology and Architecture.
Description of the project. Main features, strengths and differentials.
The main feature of project COMO TÚ is that it is aimed at girls and boys from an early age, when gender stereotypes and prejudices are not yet too deeply rooted.
The main goal is that boys and girls meet in person women working in any of the STEAM areas so that if, in the future, they can consider to choose a STEAM profession, if they have a vocation.
This goal is achived in the project by conducting classes and talks with different contents as listed below:
- For younger children, attractive games and playful activities in which some topics of interest in some STEAM area are highlighted.
- For older students, classes and talks in which we explain in an entertaining way what professions related to STEAM areas consist of, what they are for and why they can be interesting.
- For everyone, meetings and conferences showing the work of important female researchers in STEAM areas that highlight the role of women in these areas.
- For all children, show them some activity or tool of common use, which could not be done without research and development in the STEAM areas.
Why this is important
In our society, women scientists and technologists have very little visibility. The stereotypical image of scientists, mostly male, discourages girls from studying STEAM careers and, consequently, all the female talent is lost .
Gender stereotypes influence the preferences of boys and girls as young as 6 years old.
In Spain, only 15% of girls compared to 38% of boys choose to study STEAM careers, which we find worrying. In Physics or Engineering, the presence of women does not reach 30%. In fact, the current trend is downward, there are fewer and fewer scientific vocations among young people of both sexes.
It is essential that women scientists stop being invisible to society and especially to girls .
COMO TÚ is a project designed and carried out by women with the aim of ensuring that female scientists and technologists become references and inspirers of scientific and technological vocations among girls and boys from the first years of school to university. We think that if girls see the work of female researchers directly, it is possible to get them to consider the real possibility of, in the future, studying STEAM careers. In addition, it is important that boys perceive the role of women in these areas as something normal.
The organizing team (CyT@UMA) of this project is composed of four scientists and technologists whose names are: Mari Carmen Aguayo Torres, María del Mar Gallardo Melgarejo, Ana Grande Pérez and María Rosa López Ramírez.
The members of this team have considerable experience in dissemination of science and, specifically, on issues related to gender equality.
Below, we summarize the curriculum vitae of these researchers:
Mª Carmen Aguayo Torres
PhD in Telecommunications Engineering, professor at the Department of Communications Engineering at the University of Malaga (UMA). Her research is focused on mobile communications, particularly 5G and the future 6G. She carries out numerous activities to promote technological vocations among girls. She has also participated in various divulgation and education initiatives in collaboration with associations, companies and schools.
Mª del Mar Gallardo Melgarejo
PhD in Computer Science, professor in the area of Computer Languages and Systems at the University of Malaga. She investigates the application of formal (mathematical) methods for the construction of reliable software. She has collaborated in science dissemination activities at the "Night of Researchers" and in the "Chronicles of the Intangible" published by the newspaper "El País". She has also participated in activities within the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
Ana Grande Pérez
PhD in Biology, associate professor of Genetics in the Department of Cell Biology, Genetics and Physiology of the University of Malaga (UMA). She is also a researcher at the IHSM "La Mayora" (IHSM-UMA-CSIC). She investigates in the field of virus evolution and the design of new antiviral therapies. Since 2004 she has been a member of the organizing team of the scientific dissemination project "Encuentros con la Ciencia" which aims to disseminate Science and Technology to society and make women scientists in the STEAM fields visible..
Mª Rosa López Ramírez
PhD in Chemical Sciences and associate professor in the Department of Physical Chemistry of the University of Malaga. She investigates in the field of Raman Microscopy, SERS Spectroscopy, Atomic Force Microscopy and synthesis of metallic nanoparticles. She collaborates in numerous scientific dissemination activities as a member of the Malaga Astronomy Society (SMA), where she has carried out various scientific dissemination projects.
In addition to the quality of the organizing team in terms of gender equality, this project has the enormous privilege of being reinforced by the support of more than 70 UMA teachers belonging of STEAM areas who are willing to collaborate in teaching and giving talks with enthusiasm and motivation.