Only about 30% of science researchers in the world are women and the gender digital and science divide has only increased in developing countries since 2013.
Bridging this gap is complicated because its roots run deep. Unequal access to education for girls; gender stereotypes and poor access to science labs are just some of the obstacles in the way of girls being curious about science and technology.
That’s where I Am Science comes in.
It teaches girls from disadvantaged communities exciting science activities and then co-creates professional videos of them doing these. It then publishes these on YouTube and social media where they are free to be used by anyone as educational content.
The project targets early high school girls with no access to science labs and gives them a hands-on experience of chemistry and physics, with the aim of increasing curiosity in science. By then creating high-quality, free videos of girls confidently presenting these science activities it also aims to change perceptions around girls in science.