British Science Week – Share Your Activities!
March, in addition to welcoming Spring (hurrah) also welcomes the annual return of British Science Week, a 10-day celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
This year’s theme is Connections and there’s a focus again on breaking down stereotypes and celebrating the diverse people and careers in STEM.
British Science Association (BSA), who runs British Science Week, have conducted surveys to find out how young people feel about science. Their survey last year revealed that just 34% of 14- to 18-year-olds in the UK think science is relevant to their life. An even bigger concern is that 8% can think of a scientist that looks like them.
In response, campaigns including ‘Smashing Stereotypes’ and ‘Connection to Science’ have launched to encourage anyone working in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) sectors to share their experiences and stories of their work as part of British Science Week.
Claire Willis, Team Leader at the North East STEM Hub comments on the importance of this year’s topic,
“It is so important that young people are aware of the diverse range of careers and people who work in STEM, particularly at an early age. British Science Week is a fantastic opportunity for them to connect with STEM subjects and the wide variety of people who work in this sector, not just in the UK but around the world.”
So here at the North East STEM Hub we want to know what you are doing for British Science Week, tweet us @rtcstem we’d love to see what you’re up to!