STEM+Gender Program in partnership with Escondida| BHP promotes scientific education in girls and teenagers.
The initiative seeks to promote gender equality, the development of STEM skills (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and the use of technological tools among students.
Today only 15% of women in the world take careers in technology or science. The figure is even more discouraging in Chile, where the female representation is only 7%.
That is why the STEM+Gender Program that Lab4U carries out in partnership with Escondida | BHP seeks to transform science learning in children and adolescents, encouraging the development of future scientists, men and women, engineers, and STEM change agents in our society, achieving a direct impact on the future workforce, mainly of female students from Antofagasta. Hence, increasing, empowering and inspiring them in their science and technology learning, with the aim of contributing to the reduction of the existing gender gap in the various industries.
Thus, both institutions work in collaboration after identifying great coincidences in their social purposes: Escondida | BHP aims to encourage the participation of women in STEM areas and thus achieving a representation of 50% of women within the company before 2025. Meanwhile, Lab4U seeks to promote STEM education for girls and boys to break down learning and gender gaps in the schools, society and the future of work.
“As a company we promote this program that in a playful way seeks to attract the attention of many young people who are looking for their future profession. It is an invitation to break paradigms to advance gender equality and dare to discover careers that are a source of innovation, sustainability and leadership in the world of work”, says Elizabeth Cameron
Corporate Affairs Specialist, Escondida | BHP.
To learn more about this program, we invite you to visit our Instagram, where you will find an audiovisual record of the different instances of this initiative. If you want to generate an impact in your community through STEM, write to us! [email protected]