Claudie Haigneré is for now (2017), the first and only French woman to have gone into space. Stimulating scientific vocations and even more among girls is part of our actions and to define this program what better way than to discover it through the name of the first astronaut; Claudie.
The Claudie program is for girls aged 4 to 18 years old. In fact, several studies have shown that gender stereotypes are internalized from the age of 6.
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In France, although more than half of the students in scientific high school tracks are girls, after the baccalaureate the number of girls drastically drops in the basic sciences and applications such as mathematics and the physical sciences. That is why we want to work with these girls as early as possible and get them to do science, meet women working in science and technology, and run experimentation workshops. By enabling them to do scientific hands-on activities, we hope to help them to find their place in the field of science and technology during the period of their lives when many elements will seek to exclude them.
The Claudie program is also intended to raise awareness of the clichés, stereotypes and prejudices that surround us and condition the choice of professional orientations for girls.