Female STEM exponents sought for exhibition

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An exhibition will showcase women who embrace science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Otago Museum science engagement co-ordinator Jessa Barder says the digital portrait exhibition will be called ‘‘100 Women, 100 Words, Infinite Possibilities’’.
‘‘We’re seeking nominations for 100 women and girls from Otago and Southland who actively live and work with STEM in all areas of their lives.
‘‘Their photograph will be displayed along with a caption of 100 words describing the role STEM has played in their life.’’

The Otago Museum was seeking nominations of women in the community who made science, technology, engineering, or maths interesting and meaningful.
It might be a friend, classmate or neighbour of any age.
‘‘Is your friend always taking things apart to figure out how they work?
‘‘Is dissection day your classmate’s favourite? Does your adviser challenge you to push your research further?
‘‘Or perhaps your neighbour’s advice on how to properly condition soil is the only reason you’ve finally managed to grow vegetables in your backyard.’’

The exhibition was part of an Unlocking Curious Minds funded project, Full STE(a)M Ahead, delivered in partnership with the MacDiarmid Institute and Dodd-Walls Centre.
The project sought to change young people’s perceptions of who a scientist was, what they did and how they did it, as, despite global efforts, a gender gap in STEM careers persisted.
‘‘There are still many ingrained stereotypes about the role of women in science, even in the 21st century, that can stifle potential . . .I hope people will see that female role models are role models for everyone, not only for other females.’’
Nominations can be made at otagomuseum.nz