There are many, many organisations that want to increase diversity in STEM (Science, technology, engineering and maths). To help coordinate efforts and maximise impact, Engineering UK have recently launched the Tomorrow’s Engineers Code.
The Code is a framework for organisations to help them to improve the quality, exclusivity, targeting and reach of engineering and STEM outreach activities. Engineering UK is asking organisations to sign up as signatories of the code.
The Code has four pledges:
- Ensuring programmes contribute to a sustained and rich STEM journey for all young people.
- Ensuring all young people have opportunities to engage in engineering-inspiration activities, so that no one is left behind
- Promoting a positive, compelling and authentic view of engineering, and showcasing the breadth of opportunities
- Improving the monitoring and evaluation of programmes and activities to develop a shared understanding of what works
At Northumbria University, we’re pleased to be one of the early signatories of the Code. After all, NUSTEM have been working towards improving diversity in STEM for children and young people for many years now.
We have got a lot of experience in STEM activities, and because we have developed an evidence-based Theory of Change which guides our activities and planning, we’ve created a guidance document to help others organisations gain from our expertise. We think that the Code, and our recommendations, actually are relevant to all STEM activities, not just engineering ones.
If your organisation is interested in becoming a signatory of the Code, you can find out more about it here.