Many young children have little or no exposure to working scientists and the types of jobs that they do. So the idea of pursuing a career in science is not on their radar.
But that can change when you invite scientists to spend time with a class of lively pupils from a socially and ethnically diverse community. They plant a seed, in which the idea of pursuing a career in science can take root.
This is what the education outreach programme team of London’s Francis Crick Institute aims to do. The team hopes that building ‘science capital’ in those crucial early years will lead to a more diverse scientific workforce.
🎧 Our education team normally meets every state school student in our borough every year. Clare Davy, who heads up the team, spoke to the @NatureCareers podcast about giving young people more opportunities to get involved with (and enjoy!) science. https://t.co/UTSv8r1TV0
— The Crick (@TheCrick) February 15, 2021