Women in STEAM You Should Know

Use education to change the world

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10-11 7-8 8-9 9-10


Wellbeing and resilience Identity and diversity The solar system and beyond Sustainability and our future


Lesson plan


60 minutes

This lesson plan introduces pupils aged 7–11 to seven women whose work is currently changing the world.

Pupils will first learn the meaning of STEAM – Science, Technology Engineering, Arts and Maths – before considering how it might relate to their future ambitions. They’ll discover and discuss some key attributes that might be useful for a career linked to STEAM: adaptability, creativity and teamwork, for example.

Finally, they’ll meet seven women who are all working to help our environment through their STEAM careers – including climate scientist Dr Ella Gilbert, shipping pioneer Diane Gilpin and chartered engineer Yewande Akinola – before making a poster celebrating their work.

This lesson plan is inspired by SEE MONSTER, a major public art installation designed to encourage conversations about our sustainable future.

Lesson plan

Curriculum links


PSHE, Economic wellbeing: Aspirations, work and career

L26. that there is a broad range of different jobs/careers that people can have

L28. about what might influence people’s decisions about a job or career (e.g. personal interests and values, family connections to certain trades or businesses, strengths and qualities, ways in which stereotypical assumptions can deter people from aspiring to certain jobs)

L30. about some of the skills that will help them in their future careers e.g. teamwork, communication and negotiation L31. to identify the kind of job that they might like to do when they are older

Key Stage: KS3

Northern Ireland:

Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities

Key Stage: KS3


Health and wellbeing, Planning for choices and changes

I am investigating different careers/occupations, ways of working, and learning and training paths. I am gaining experience that helps me recognise the relevance of my learning, skills and interests to my future life. HWB 2-20a

Level: Third/Fourth Level


Science and Technology

Progression Step: PS4