Initiated by Johnson & Johnson, a consortium of Belgian companies and other stakeholders aims to develop a new STEM promotion programme driven by companies and specifically aimed addressing the underrepresentation of girls in STEM secondary education. The EU STEM Coalition was requested to provide a presentation on existing best-practices in the field of STEM promotion in secondary education.
To further develop the WISTEM2D action (Women in Science Technology Engineering Mathematics Manufacturing and Design)
GlassRoots (consultancy) was tasked by the consortium to organise the stakeholder meeting. In the light of its successful transfer to Denmark and Spain, the EU STEM Coalition was requested to provide a presentation with a focus on the Dutch approach in the Jet-Net programme for school-company cooperation as well as the bètamentality model (which separates secondary students into sub-groups based on their intrinsic motivation (drijfveren) to choose STEM. The Flemish STEM platform (member of the EU STEM Coalition) was also included in the consortium.
The focus of the action was based on the outcomes of the Microsoft (member of the WISTEM2D working group) Survey on Women in STEM.
Several follow-up actions are being prepared by GlassRoots with a proposed starting date in 2020.