Who's Who? SAW Trust Guessing Game
‘Who’s Who?’ is a new project, produced by University of East Anglia final year student Ro Procter in collaboration with the SAW Trust. The project is intended to promote diversity and break down assumptions of working in science, art and writing. It’s also hoped to act as another stepping stone to empower children to feel that they can pursue a career following their own desires, no matter what their skills, background, or attributes might be.
The SAW Trust has been using a guessing game within the classroom for years, where children taking part in a SAW school workshop are asked to guess whether those presenting the workshop are a scientist, artist or writer.
The game has proven to not only be a great warm up activity to our workshops but it has also highlighted the stereotypes children have of scientists, artists and writers. With most women in our teams predicted to be artists or writers, over ever being scientists!
Due to the restrictions imposed by the COVID pandemic, SAW hasn’t been able to physically visit schools and so we wanted to make this quintessential SAW activity available digitally.
Ro explains their project intentions by reflecting on their own experiences choosing career paths:
“Growing up, I struggled to know what I wanted to be. I enjoyed creative subjects, but I never received the education about where my creativity could lead me; I had the assumption that a career in the arts would see me spend my life in a shed where I would do all my work. I also enjoyed science and understood that this could lead to an exciting career. However, I felt unwelcomed in science as my school syllabus only showed the ‘stale, male, pale’ scientists. So where did I fit in? With the quirky and exhausted artists, or with the plain male scientists?
I wanted to create the project to show other pupils, who feel just as confused as I did, that you can be absolutely anything. You do not need to be smart, or good at drawing, or the best in the class to be incredible. As long as you’ve got passion, it can take you to amazing places.”
The project resource pack contains a 15-minute video of engaging and exciting clips from different real-life scientists, artists and writers. Our guests reveal different parts of their day-to-day career and it is up to the pupils to use these clues to make a guess on our mystery guests’ role! The resource pack also includes a lesson plan and a student worksheet.
Teacher feedback has already highlighted the benefit of the activity and class discussions as "This led on to a wider discussion about the children’s own aspirations for the future and the many possibilities that are open to them all" - Tracey Wilson, Ickworth Park Primary School.
The project should take no more than 45 minutes, consisting of a 15-minute video and a 30-minute reflection and class discussion.