When the Department of Genetics and Genome Biology at our University celebrated International Women’s Day, they didn’t know they would end up helping local girls to find out what a baby ladybird looks like up close.
As part of their celebrations, the Genetics Equality and Diversity Initiative (GEDI) organised a cake and book sale to raise funds for WAGGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts), the official charity of International Women’s Day.
Rather than donate to the international WAGGGS organisation, they asked local Guide Leaders Dr Alex Woodacre and Dr Ruth Barber (both former members of the Department of Genetics and Genome Biology) how best to help local Guiding directly.
Alex and Ruth suggested the purchase of a set of lab coats and safety goggles in child sizes that would help to bring science alive for the girls and young women in Guiding.
The lab coats and goggles will make up part of a Science Box available for use by all members of Girlguiding Leicestershire and these resources will make STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities more accessible for leaders without any science background or training, encouraging more participation in science by the girls and women of Leicestershire.
for full details clickhttps://www2.le.ac.uk/news/blog/2017-archive/july/leicester-experts-work-with-aspiring-scientists-from-girlguiding-leicestershire-to-bring-science-to-life