Lewis Hamilton champions inclusivity in STEM fields, aiming to inspire the next generation
Posted : 08 September 2023
Lewis Hamilton is determined to enhance opportunities for children from diverse backgrounds in STEM fields, aiming to create a stronger pipeline for underrepresented communities. Building on his previous efforts to increase the presence of black teachers in STEM subjects, Hamilton's new initiative aims to empower young minds and pave the way for a more inclusive future.
"We want these kids to know they are the future," Hamilton emphasized, highlighting the importance of early exposure to STEM disciplines. His Mission 44 charity is actively supporting the Young STEM Futures Programme in his hometown of Stevenage. Drawing from his own experiences as a child and in motorsport, Hamilton, a seven-time world champion, is taking part in various activities within the program.
The initiative involves collaborating with local councils and colleges to mentor 50 year nine students and enhance the science education experience in primary schools. Hamilton's commitment to this cause stems from his own challenging school experiences. He believes that using his platform to promote equal opportunities is crucial, particularly within STEM industries where diversity remains underrepresented.
The motorsport industry, in particular, has a stark diversity gap, with only 1% of individuals from black backgrounds represented among over 40,000 jobs. Hamilton's charity aims to address this disparity and promote gender equality within the field. His vision is to create a more inclusive landscape, offering all children the chance to find their place and pursue careers in STEM-related fields.