Connecting Women & STEM

We want to promote full & equal access for girls and women in STEM.

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About the Initiative

The Fostering Women to STEM MOOCs (FOSTWOM) aims to use the inclusive potential of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to propose Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects free of stereotype on gender skills. We want to help increase the number of female students and learners attending courses in STEM, both, as enrolled students in Higher Education, and as STEM MOOCs’ participants.

Good practices in videos and MOOCs’ design that can give girls a sense of belonging when entering STEM areas.

Careful choice of language and examples that mitigate the effects of stereotyping about gender-based STEM ability.

Encouraging girls to pursue STEM careers based on role models and relevant real-world situations.


The FOSTWOM project will design and produce three MOOCs:

One bridging STEM MOOC

One bridging STEM MOOC (Machine Learning, Maths & Ethics: Hands-on) designed for secondary and undergraduate students and teachers on a relevant application of Maths, namely Machine Learning (launching December 2021)

One graduate STEM MOOC

One graduate STEM MOOC (Data Science in Education) produced and designed among all partners, taking into consideration the main expertise of each partner’s teams (piloting March 2022).

One transversal attractive MOOC

One transversal attractive MOOC (Fostering women's participation to STEM through MOOCs) aiming to analyse existing STEM MOOCs within the consortium through a gender balance perspective intended to instructional designers and teaching staff involved in the development of STEM MOOC contents (launching October 2021). In this MOOC it is presented the toolkit created in the frame of the FOSTWOM project.

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