After the success of the Science, Technology Enrolment Programme’s (STEP) trip to the Ocean Explorer vessel, the Planet Earth Institute (PEI) has announced a four day event aimed at promoting scientific education and careers to female secondary school students. Called STEP Week: Future Women Leaders in STEM, the event will give 100 to 120 students the chance to learn, explore and be inspired by science.
Organised in partnership between the PEI and the Medine Educational Village, the four day event will include lectures from experts, interactive demonstrations and a variety of workshops, including sessions on marine science hosted by WISE Oceans and the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation. Throughout the event, girls will be encouraged to gain a greater appreciation for science, its real world applications and the career opportunities it offers.
Teachers from the distinguished Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre will take part in running some of the events and PEI board members, along with Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, will hold a Q&A session with the students.
The STEP was created to inspire students and improve their perspective of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The hope is that students will be motivated to choose to study in one of these fields. Not only will this improve their chances of gaining fulfilling, well-paid employment but they will be able to contribute to improving the scientific capacities of the African continent. The PEI has consistently placed the latter outcome as a top priority and has taken many steps to improve the situation already.