Stephen Hurley By Stephen Hurley

| 10 July 2024

Empowering Girls & Women in STEAM

Creative Spark participates in the launch of FabConnectHer project: Empowering Girls & Women in STEAM

The Creative Spark team was delighted to attend the kick-off meting for the FabConnectHer Erasmus+ project recently in Leeuwarden in the Netherlands.

In an era where innovation and technology are pivotal, the FabConnectHer project emerges as a ground-breaking initiative aimed at addressing the gender gap in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) fields. Funded under the Erasmus+ Key Action 2: Partnerships for Cooperation, this project unites a consortium of European partners dedicated to empowering girls and women through innovative education pathways, mentorship and robust support systems in STEAM disciplines. By leveraging the unique capabilities of FabLabs across Europe, FabConnectHer is set to create transformative educational experiences that encourage women and girls to explore, engage, and excel in STEAM fields.

The project’s first transnational partner meeting was held in Leeuwarden on November 30 and December 1 2023. This event set the stage for effective collaboration and strategy development among partners from Ireland (Creative Spark and Momentum), the Netherlands (Firda College and Learning Hub Friesland), Spain (FabLab León), Portugal (VivaLab Porto) and Iceland (FabLab Reykjavik). The meeting was characterised by enthusiastic exchanges, with partners sharing insights and strategies to foster women’s participation in STEAM. A key feature of the event was the tour of D’Lab at Firda College, offering a glimpse into the creative and technological environments that FabConnectHer aims to use throughout Europe. The discussions and activities over these two days laid the groundwork for what promises to be a transformative and impactful project.

The FabConnectHer project will develop a range of impactful materials. As the project progresses, engaging learning pathways will be designed specifically to empower girls and women in STEAM fields and comprehensive mentorship programs. Additionally, the project will develop a digital platform, fostering a community for continuous learning and knowledge exchange. Participants can look forward to interactive workshops, transnational collaboration events, and innovative challenges that will not only enhance their learning experience but also actively contribute to reducing the gender gap in STEAM. Keep an eye out for these exciting developments as FabConnectHer continues to champion female participation and success in STEAM education and careers.

For additional information about the FabConnectHer project and upcoming events, please contact:
Sarah Daly or Oscar Diaz at Creative Spark Enterprise FabLab
fablab@creativespark.ie
042 938 5720

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