This STEM Person of the week pack has been created by Museums Northumberland for the Union Chain Bridge project and it is available for use by all.
Each set of STEM Person of the Week resources includes postcard-sized profiles of five people who work in STEM. They have been carefully chosen to reflect a diverse range of STEM roles and people within each pack.
Rather than focus on the academic route to a career, this resource focuses on the characteristics that are important in each role. There are 15 characteristics used in each set and the use of these helps to broaden the vocabulary of students, as well as countering the stereotypical words often associated with STEM roles such as ‘messy hair’ and ‘genius’.
Research by NUSTEM has shown that even one year after running this intervention children were using “fewer stereotypical words to describe scientists and significantly more positive characteristics to describe the scientists”.
The aim is that, through this activity, students identify with these characteristics and see what they have in common with STEM workers, helping build an affinity towards them and future STEM roles.