Global Goals task 4

What is your SDG:

We worked on the 5th global goal Gender Equality. The purpose of this goal is to empower women in all they do.

Global Data on this Goal:

30% of the researchers in the largest technology companies in the world are female, which is extremely skewed. This statistic is concerning and unacceptable for a 21st century society. We want gender, in these industries (like science), to be representative of the population (around 50,50). Otherwise, we will have an extremely male dominated view.

Local Data on this Goal:
In the school we have seen that in quite a few subjects, have a skew between the number of males and females. As we can see in the table below subjects like Applied information technology had no female enrollments at all. This table is from 2018 which is quite recent.

SubjectMFPercentage (M:F)
Comp science12380:20%

What is your problem that you worked on for this project:

We focused on the enrollments of female students in STEM subjects. Particularly the subjects in the table above.

Design Process:
We followed the design process, and our first step was to decide on a clear aim or goal for us to work towards. Our aim was to make a positive change to their opinion of STEM subjects to a group of students. The next step was to research the data from previous years in the college. After we saw the small amount of female enrolments in STEM subjects we just had to decide on what kind of workshop or activity we would do.

We decided we wanted to do a workshop with year 7s because they are more eager to participate, and they don’t have cemented views on what ATAR subjects they are doing yet. We were not quite sure what the workshop should be so we met with Ms Beattie and she told us we could consider making an app with the year 7’s, however we weren’t that confident with our technology skills ourselves so we decided to go in a different direction. We thought that we could get the students to try and make a raft that would hold a flower for at least 1 minutes.

What was the solution, was it successful?

We had decided to go with the flower/raft idea, as we thought it would be better suited to our project. Before the workshop I was quite anxious to have to speak with the year 7s and run the workshop, but after a while I got a bit more used to it, and I think that the workshop was overall a successful experience. The year 7’s were eager to learn and listen, and I think most of them learnt something from this experience. We sent out a post survey to the year 7’s and most found the workshop beneficial and are possibly considering STEM subjects in the future.

What would I do differently:
I think when we were planning the workshop, we left it a little late, so we were in a rush to try and think of what we were going to do with the year 7’s and it was quite stressful. So, I think I would manage my time better if I were to do this project again.

Where to next:

Banisha and I aren’t going to be doing this elective next term (unless we decide to switch our electives), however Quinn is, so she may decide to keep the project running. If I was to switch, I think I would continue improving this project, so we can make more of an impact.

Thank you:
I would like to thank Rachel and Rekha for their advice and knowledge throughout the project. Ms Donnelley has also assisted us with the entire project.


Video to presentation:

Global Goals and our Community

  • Introduction to your course “Global Goal and Innovation through STEM” and why you have chosen to enrol in this elective.

I chose to enrol in this course because I am interested in sustainability for the environment.

  • Who are the United Nations?

They are an organization that tries to sustain peace across the globe. The UN was established on the October 24th 1945.

  • What is Sustainable Development?

The economic advancement that is done without exhaustion of natural resources

  • What are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)?
  • End Poverty
  • No Hunger
  • Good health and Wellbeing
  • Quality education
  • Gender Equality
  • Clean water and sanitation
  • Affordable and clean energy
  • Decent work and economic growth
  • Industry, innovation and infrastructure
  • Reduced inequalities
  • Sustainable cities and communities
  • Responsible consumption and production
  • Climate action
  • Life below water
  • Life on land
  • Peace, justice and strong institutions
  • Partnerships for the goals
  • Why are these goals important?

These goals are important because they ensure that humans are living the best quality of life on earth. The UN once said “There is no ‘Plan B’ because we do not have a ‘Planet B.’ We have to work and galvanize our action.” This quote shows the importance of achieving these goals, which protect both our planet and humankind

  • Outline any progress on the SDG’s.

Gender Equality for example hasn’t been improving and the lockdown hasn’t been helping this. Lockdowns have increased the risks of violence against women. On the other hand, the Climate crisis may have actually benefitted from coronavirus. Covid 19 may result in a 6% drop in greenhouse gas emissions for 2020

  • What goals do you believe have relevance to All Saints’ College and its community?

I think Quality education would relate to All Saints because it’s a school so it would have to make sure the quality of education is up to standards. I also think clean and affordable energy would relate to all saints because they might not have the most environmentally friendly energy.