We want to show young people that maths and science can open up endless possibilities for their future - and for Britain's future too. Our plan for education will ensure that we equip every child with the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed - and our message is that maths and physics can get them there.
Working at the Mary Rose, it seems hard to believe people who say that there aren't enough women in science. We have a healthy number of female scientists here at the museum specialising in all sorts of fields. Conservation, archaeology and teaching are the most popular however; physics still seems to be a subject left to the boys.
Before entering Parliament I spent two decades working as a professional electrical engineer across three continents. Regardless of the geographic location or the size of the company it was always a predominately or all male environment. But it is only when I walk into a toy store that I feel I am really experiencing gender segregation. At some point over the last three decades the toy industry decided that parents and children could not be trusted to choose to what to buy without colour coded gender labelling.
Even during extreme hardships, when you feel you are riding a pendulum from self-doubt to extreme frustration, when everyone seems like trying to prove you wrong and everything is against you, practice detachment from your our thoughts and your current situation and try to take a bird's eye view of our own thinking.
The Directors of the new Centers of Excellence and the winners of the Curious Pete competition were in that auditorium together, at the same time. But it felt like a time warp. We were supposed to be a picture from the pupils' future; but the 13 of us collectively looked much more like a stiff painting from their past.