Scientists and Achievements: Celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science

The EXPER project, in collaboration with the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), the Canarian Science and Technology Park Foundation of ULPGC (FCPCT), and Consulta Europa (CE), joined forces to engage primary school children in activities celebrating the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

The highlight of this educational initiative is the “Científicos y Logros” (Scientists and Achievements) activity, meticulously designed to provide an immersive experience for students ranging from 1st to 6th grade in primary schools in synergies with the Macaronight Project. This initiative unfolded across various schools in Gran Canaria, aiming to spark curiosity and instill an early appreciation for the diverse roles of female researchers at ULPGC, taking place from February 5th to 7th with four schools and approximately 250 children.

Simultaneously, Consulta Europa, a member of the EXPER Project in synergies with the ATHENA Project, conducted activities in primary schools in Gran Canaria, acknowledging the pivotal role of women in science. Through motivational talks, children had the opportunity to interact with both projects, inspiring them to delve into the scientific realm and encouraging exploration of their interests in contributing to science. This activity spanned from February 9th to 15th, reaching a total of 2 primary schools and engaging approximately 60 children.

One of the engaging activities involved a unique game where students matched scientists and researchers with their respective achievements. The game involved placing cards face down, and in each turn, players flipped two cards. If they formed a pair, the player kept the cards; otherwise, they returned them to their original position. The game concluded when all pairs were successfully matched, with the player with the most pairs declared the winner.

These initiatives aim not only to celebrate the accomplishments of women in science but also to inspire and cultivate a passion for scientific exploration among the younger generation. The projects strive to create a lasting impact on the future scientists of Gran Canaria by combining interactive activities with motivational talks.