In Jordan and the Middle East, girls outscore boys at the age of 15 in STEM studies, however, their participation in STEM careers is less than 30 %. The Alchemist Lab aims to close the gender gap in STEM careers by encouraging young girls from rural areas and refugees’ camps to see STEM careers as an option.
The project was launched in 2015 with a generous support from the UK-Aid through the British Embassy in Amman.
It continued to impact more girls with the support of the private sector mainly Bank al Etihad and Cairo Amman Bank.
The initiative started, with hands on activities in schools in the villages of the south of Jordan, for the girls at schools aged 12 plus and then extended to villages from the north with more activities that inspire STEM and highlight career options and other life skills. We have also produced one video that highlights a woman role model in a technology career.
The initiative, then evolved to include teachers training for sustainability and was funded by Abdul-hamed Shoman Foundation - The Arab Bank.
We have impacted so far more than 100 teachers and over 1500 young girls.