Significantly fewer girls than boys are taking the physics A-level, and there is a decline in the uptake of sciences overall. The Festival of Science and Curiosity in Nottingham hopes to ignite children’s love of science.

A report released by Ofsted in 2015 showed that on average only one in 30 girls studied Physics at AS level.

“My nan and grandpa have a really big garden and i’d really like to grow my own tomatoes” Jake

In an attempt to encourage more children to participate in science, Nottingham’s STEMcity has put on the Festival of Science and Curiosity for the second year in a row.

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Jake and his grandpa learning about green beans

Over 20 events were held throughout the week ranging from making a fire extinguisher out of vinegar to learning how to code a video game.

However, Festival organisers Ignite Futures have expressed concerns about the decline in popularity of science subjects, especially as Nottingham has a good range of career opportunities for those with a science background.

With two universities in the city, as well as the headquarters of the UK’s largest pharmacy chain, Nottingham offers plenty of science-based careers. However, girls are barely making up a quarter of A-level physics classrooms.

In 2015…

Only 456 girls nationwide girls took Computing as an A-level.

Four times more boys than girls studied Physics.

Apart from biology and psychology, females are much less likely to choose STEM subjects than boys.

Figures from the institute of Engineering and Technology show that women make up just 3% of IT and computing engineers across the UK.

Recently, Green Scene Education put on workshops and lessons in primary schools throughout the East Midlands teaching children about horticulture, sustainability, wildlife and food awareness.

The festival runs from the 15th to the 19th of February and events are divided between the Broadmarsh Shopping Centre, the National Videogame Arcade and the Central Library. The full schedule can be found here.