Hypatia Project to Promote Science Amongst Girls
The Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències is participating in the European Hypatia Project, whose main objective is to encourage girls from the ages of 13 to 18 to opt for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) both in school as well as later in their academic careers.
To achieve this, two types of actions are being proposed: to make it easier for girls to discover the numerous careers related the fields of STEM and to promote the participation of schools, museums, research institutions, and the industry in this model’s dissemination from a gender equality perspective.
The main goals of the project are to develop a package of tools –a digital collection of resources for teachers, so to speak– and organize events to spark young people's interest in STEM both inside and outside of school. Another important part of the project is the creation of national hubs in the 15 countries that participate in order to strengthen interaction and help in the dissemination of digital tools. The Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències is an integral part of the Spanish hub.
Until now, several actions have been undertaken, noteworthy of which are a series of organized visits to the Institute of Telecommunications and Multimedia Applications (ITEAM) at the Universitat Politècnica de València. During said visits, a group of female high school students had the chance to learn about the researchers' work alongside the Ambassador of Science, Ivana Gasulla – Senior Researcher and Vice Director for Dissemination and Promotion at ITEAM. Informational meetings have also been organized to familiarize faculty members with the Hypatia Project.