The Skirting Science team are looking forward to June 18th 2015 when this year’s annual event is to be held again at Broad Oak. Members of Soroptimist International of Weston super Mare are preparing to make this event as successful as ever under the stewardship of Ruth and her team who have yet again organised a wide selection of workshops to enthuse female students. The provisional programme may be viewed :Skirting Science Draft Programme 2015 v2
British girls lag behind in science table: Gender divide among the biggest in the world as boys outperform by 13%. A report, due to be published by the OECD , ranks Britain in the bottom five for gender equality in science, just above Colombia and alongside Costa Rica
See here for Daily Mail report
The website is called The Scientific 23 because each interviewee was asked 23 questions: web link: here. However here ere are some interesting facts about the number 23:
- 23 is a prime number.
- We have 23 chromosomes.
- A lot of conspiracy theories include the number 23, for example the ‘23 Enigma’.
- It’s the width of the Arecibo message.
- In a room of 23 people, there’s 50% chance that two will share a birthday – this is known as the birthday paradox.
- It’s a number used in sport: Michael Jordan and David Beckham were both number 23.
- 23 is the first Pillai prime number and John Nash published 23 scientific articles.
We’re not saying that there’s anything special about the number 23, but it’s certainly an interesting number!
If you would like to find out more about this initiative for girls who code see here. This is for US residents and not for UK girls but I’ve posted this to show you all how much interest there is in promoting this opportunity and the career openings in the USA! The Women in STEM forum in London later this month highlights the need for girls not to ignore careers in science with a debate on how to promote science careers to girls- see forum details. Maybe a representative from Skirting Science should attend?
The Royal Institution has kept the tradition of this series of lectures aimed at the up and coming generation of scientists since inaugurated by Michael Faraday in 1825. Either tune into BBC 4 or go to their web site to see for yourself, click here.