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Science Centre Singapore Shines the Spotlight on Women and Girls in STEM with DiscovHER: Inspiring the NeXXt Generation

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This new year, Science Centre Singapore is shining the spotlight on women and girls in STEM with DiscovHER 2021: Inspiring the NeXXt Generation.

An initiative curated to champion female figures in the fields of Science,  Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), the annual event has been rebranded as it returns for its fourth edition this year, to tie in with the United Nations-declared International Day of Women and Girls in Science on 11 February.

For two weekends on 29 to 31 January and 5 to 7 February, DiscovHER 2021: Inspiring the NeXXt  Generation presented a series of on-site and online activities via the Centre’s digital platforms. The  activities highlight some of the best and brightest women in STEM, past and present, and designed to  inspire young learners to retrace the discovery journey of female innovators and set them on their own  course of STEM exploration.

New this year was an exclusive digital webinar on 30 January, featuring a panel of Singapore-based women  in STEM, engaging in dialogue on the importance of uplifting female participation and leadership in the  industry. The hour-long exchange, which includes a question-and-answer segment for the public, will seek  to spark conversations on levelling the playing field for women to take up STEM studies and careers, and  uncovering opportunities for women to thrive in the field.

Associate Professor Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive, Science Centre Board, said, “Empowering girls and  women to advance in STEM has always been a priority for us at Science Centre Singapore. While diversity  adds to the collective intelligence and empathy of any trade, gender gaps still exist for various reasons. Key  to eradicating social biases, elevating self-confidence and effecting sector affinity is to start seeding gender-equal messages among both girls and boys during their formative years. That is what we seek to achieve  with DiscovHER, and we urge parents and educators to join us in putting a crack in the proverbial glass  ceiling through positive reinforcement. We hope to encourage more girls like Gitanjali Rao, a 15-year-old  scientist and inventor, who became the TIME magazine’s first-ever “Kid of the Year” in 2020. Her youthful  passion was readily observed in her use of technology to tackle issues ranging from contaminated drinking  water to opioid addiction and cyberbullying.

For more information on DiscovHER 2021: Inspiring the NeXXt Generation, visit: https://www.science.edu.sg/whats-on/workshops-activities/DiscovHER

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Katherine Sng

Katherine Sng

I am a single mother living in Singapore. I am an advocate of living a healthy lifestyle through exercise; eating right; keeping a positive and youthful outlook of life; and, to live vicariously while you can. When not spending time watching Bubba grow, I am catching up on the latest news and entertainment gossip. I strongly believe that empowerment is possible for anyone, as long as they believe in themselves and the people around them.

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