This prototype promotes intersectionality within the science culture, focusing on the impact of gender stereotypes, assessing the implicit bias of a person by playing a game, and providing a platform to promote diverse real-life role models.
Progressing and retaining women in science, technology, and innovation (STI) becomes increasingly more complex as STEM generally fails to provide a safe and warm environment where women naturally feel they belong. Gender Stereotypes and implicit bias are contributing to the gender pay gap. Especially looking at computer science and engineering, which are among the highest-paying STEM fields, women remain underrepresented. Gender stereotypes still significantly impact today's society, and more importantly, people don’t hold themselves accountable, unaware of their implicit bias towards women regarding careers and science.
Action to be implemented
Creation of a simulation-based game with the Design Thinking process to identify implicit bias and gender stereotypes tied to STEM culture and diagnose the root causes of gender stereotypes