EXPER Project Empowers Young Minds on International Day of Women and Girls in Science

As an initiative, the EXPER project is set to ignite a passion for science among the youth of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) and the EXPER project are unveiling an enriching series of activities across multiple schools in Gran Canaria from February 5th to 7th.

The centrepiece of this engagement is the “Científicas y Logros” (Scientists and Achievements) activity, meticulously crafted to offer an immersive experience for students from 1st to 6th grade in primary schools. The initiative unfolds in various schools across Gran Canaria, aiming to spark curiosity and foster an early appreciation for the diverse roles of female researchers at ULPGC.

In the first activity, “Científicas y Logros,” students will embark on a journey of discovery through an interactive and educational game. This game not only enhances their visual memory but also imparts knowledge about significant scientific breakthroughs achieved by the remarkable women scientists at the university. Adding a personal touch to the experience, students will have the privilege of a visit from one of the distinguished researchers featured in the game. This interaction seeks to inspire young minds by sharing firsthand experiences, detailing the researcher’s contributions to the university, and unveiling the journey that led to their scientific achievements.

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The second part of the activity shifts the focus to the influential figure of Margarita Salas. Using a customised human-scale “Game of the Goose” with simple questions related to the life of the renowned researcher, participants will unravel the inspiring story of Salas—a woman who serves as a beacon for the aspiring scientists of tomorrow.

As a special bonus, each participant will receive an educational booklet to take home, ensuring the learning experience continues beyond the school premises. This booklet provides a valuable resource for students to further explore the achievements of these scientists in the comfort of their classrooms or homes.

Representatives of ULPGC expressed their excitement about engaging with young minds and celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This initiative reflects their commitment to fostering curiosity, promoting diversity in STEM, and encouraging the next generation of scientists, especially young girls, to reach for the stars.