Competition Information
What is this competition about?
Woman scientist

The number of pupils who choose to study subjects such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (known as STEM for short) is falling. This is particularly true for girls. Schools, universities and the government are worried about this because people with STEM skills are vital for so many aspects of our everyday lives, and we donít want to run out of such people in the future!



The competition is named in honour of Rosalind Franklin, whose pioneering work was critical in discovering the structure of DNA. It is being conducted in conjunction with the Royal Society and with funding from the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills. The aim of this competition is to encourage students to become more aware of how women have contributed to STEM in the past and continue to do so today. The hope is that by taking time to research women in STEM, students may feel encouraged to study STEM subjects themselves and to consider careers in STEM.



In this competition, students will choose one woman associated with science, technology, engineering or mathematics (she can be dead or alive) and write a short essay about her, considering her story, the career path she took, her discoveries, and make the link with how her work impacts on our everyday lives.

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