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Carolyn Rando invited to participate in Inspiring Women in Science event

10 May 2017

Carolyn Rando invited to participate in Inspiring Women in Science event

Carolyn Rando was invited to participate in the inaugural Inspiring Women in Science event at the Royal Society recently.

Following research commissioned by the L’Oréal Foundation which revealed that over half of older teens are ready to rule out a career in science, the Education and Employers Taskforce Charity established the latest Inspiring Women campaign, entitled Inspiring Women In Science, in partnership with L’Oréal. This new campaign encourages female role models to visit local schools and talk to primary aged school children to help inspire the next generation of scientists.

As part of the recent campaign launch at the Royal Society, 70 primary school children came together with women from the science sector to develop a greater understanding of science careers and make the important link to their in-school learning.

Carolyn Rando invited to participate in Inspiring Women in Science event

The event began with a ‘What’s My Line Activity?’ where a panel of six volunteers, including Carolyn, were asked questions by the children as they tried to guess each volunteers job role.

The volunteers then revealed their professions, which as well as a forensic archaeologist, included an orthopaedic surgeon and a plasma scientist. The activity underlined the importance of exposing pupils to a range of careers they may not have been aware of and to encourage their aspirations.

This was followed by ‘speed networking’ where the children were able to talk to the volunteers in small groups, allowing them to discuss and understand the volunteers roles in more detail and see examples of some of the activities their jobs entail.

The Institute of Archaeology encourages an ongoing commitment to public engagement and outreach activities as part of its mission statement to provide archaeological opportunities of the highest quality to all, regardless of background.