The team were delighted to be at the launch of British Science Week last night, hosted by the British Science Association (BSA) at the Free Word Centre.
The recent 2018 State of Engineering report revealed that women and ethnic minority groups make up only 20.5% and 8.1% of the engineering workforce respectively. BSA are working to close this alarming diversity gap with this year’s programme, encouraging people to engage with STEM in the everyday and consider how science interacts with society.
Working towards this goal, British Science Week’s new programmes aim to reach people that don’t identify as being ‘science-y’. Changing people’s misconceptions of STEM’s role in society, beyond the lab, will help to make STEM more accessible and inclusive for all.
‘The Plastic Tide’, encourages people to help clean polluted waters by photographing plastic on beaches. ‘Run to the Deep’ was also launched, a 10k virtual race that takes you to the bottom of the ocean from the comfort of your headphones. Fantastic soul food canapes were served by award winning social enterprise Mazi Mas, continuing the theme of science with a social good during the event.
Zinc is proud to partner with the BSA on developing a Bitz & Bob resource for their Early Years Activity Pack, coinciding with the launch of the show on Monday 12th March on CBeebies.
To get involved in this year’s activities and help spread the word, explore the British Science Week festival programme here.