STEM education

The theme of this year's International Women's Day is #PressforProgress, and all around me I see Canadian charities that are fighting for women's rights.
All great inventors have hurdles to jump over. And for us, that was our first prototype, which caught fire. As well as being cost-efficient, affordable, it's fair to say our invention would have to be fireproof. So back to the drawing board.
Most of our society is built around technology; which is changing all the time as electric cars, smart meters and smart home appliances come into play. Only 15% of the scientists behind these technologies were female, which has undoubtedly led to a bias.
There are so many useless acronyms in the world that anyone would be forgiven for not knowing the meaning of most of them, but there is one important acronym that has been gaining momentum in global education in recent years: STEM.
As you might expect, 'athlete' and 'firefighter' are two of the most sought after jobs for children. But it wasn't a surprise to me to find 'astronaut' and 'scientist' holding their own in the top ten as well. Why not? Defying gravity, even zero gravity, must be one of the most exciting scientific developments of our time, and children everywhere want to be a part of it.
Perhaps, it's the way we are using technology, rather than its presence that is the problem. Here's why we should embrace technology in the classroom and some exciting ways it's already being harnessed to improve learning experiences.
We should not limit our celebration of coding and STEM subjects to a week, but take the time to equip the next generation of talent with the skills they will need to thrive in a digital world.
In her new show, I Could've Been An Astronaut, comedian Katy Brand explores her love of astronomy and her 'crapness' at maths. In the show she also talks about the lack of encouragement girls receive to study STEM subjects - and in an exclusive vlog for HuffPost UK she discusses this further. Katy says that: "Without female engineers and architects, how will we ever get away from massive phallic buildings dominating the sky-line of every city in the world?
Ada Lovelace is known as the world's first computer programmer. Her work with Charles Babbage to create the Analytics Engine, an early predecessor of the modern computer, was followed by the publication of the first, most elaborate and complete programme sketched out by a programmer.
STEM subjects don't lead only to 'techno nerd' careers. We don't tell kids they can only write novels if they do English literature A Level, and we don't tell kids that if they take geography A Level, they are destined to make maps for a living. STEM A Levels are a great basis for a wide range of careers and lives.