Does attending a large science event enthuse young people about science careers?

Sam Illingworth, Emma Lewis, Carl Percival

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Abstract

A survey was conducted during the University of Manchester's 2014 'Science Extravaganza', which saw the participation of over 900 Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14) students in a range of interactive demonstrations, all run by active University researchers. The findings of this study suggest that a new approach is necessary in order to use these large science events to actively engage with school students about the career opportunities afforded by science subjects. Recommendations for such an approach are suggested, including the better briefing of researchers, and the invitation of scientists from outside academia to attend and interact with the school students.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberA06
JournalJournal of Science Communication
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

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