STEM Careers Resources for Science Museums Launches
The Midlands & East Anglia region of the National HE STEM Programme have, in partnership with The National Space Centre, Leicester created groundbreaking ways of helping young people, their parents, carers and educators make key subject choice decisions. The first of its kind in a UK Science & Discovery Centre this new exhibit uses tomorrow’s technology.
On a multi-user, multi-touch table visitors will be able to simultaneously explore 32 different pieces of information, in different mediums, to create a personalised experience of what career opportunities studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects can offer. A showcase of dynamic STEM role models from all walks of life, relate their personal experiences of school, higher education and into the workforce. Users can share the information with friends or family across the table or package it for reference at home/school later.
In addition, by using cutting edge augmented reality and the University of Birmingham’s ‘Look Deeper’ app they will be able to explore information about the role models on their iPhone or iPad on the move, share with friends, parents, teachers.
The UK’s foremost Science Rapper, Jon Chase will be entertaining the audience with a bespoke science careers rap.
Sarah Hill, Space Academy Manager comments ‘The National Space Centre is delighted to be working with the National HE STEM Programme on creating an innovative and stimulating exhibit dedicated to STEM careers. So many incredible jobs exist in the STEM industries and in particular the space industry – this exhibit will assist students, teachers and parents to discover the plethora of exciting and rewarding employment opportunities available.’
When asked why the National HE STEM Programme thinks it important to invest in this initiative, Annette Smart the Programme’s Midlands & East Anglia regional officer responded ‘A young lady recently summed it up for us. She is the first in her family to go to university. Many pupils from her school did not go to university and even less chose to study a science subject at ‘A’ level. She felt the school just didn’t publicise careers in science strongly enough. She now has an idea of how her studies affect her everyday life but up to this point she just felt she was learning stuff because that is what she had to do. This is a typical remark we hear time and time again’ further commented Annette, adding ‘the combination of real people, in real jobs, presented in such a dynamic way is what young people expect in today’s world of hyperspeed communication’.
Mum, Zoe Jukes from Leicester is looking forward to using the new exhibit, saying ‘As she approached choosing her ‘A’ level subjects my daughter decided to change from Drama and the Arts to Physics and Mathematics. Uncovering and understanding the potential pathways that studying those subjects would provide proved virtually impossible. It was only with sheer determination and a lot of time and effort by us both that we came to the conclusion this decision would open up a fantastic range of opportunities for her future. I am very much looking forward to using the role model facilities at the Space Centre when my second and third daughters start thinking about their future.’
For more informsation about this project see http://www.hestem.ac.uk/activity/stem-careers-resources-science-museums.