Lead Institution: University of Bristol
Collaborating with: Graphic Science, Lighting Up Learning Ltd
Public Engagement in Action
This project enabled Masters, PhD students and STEM academics to become more effective STEM Ambassadors, developing their public engagement skills through a variety of STEM activities and events. The project originated at the University of Bristol but, given its success, received additional funding through the Practice Transfer Adopters' scheme to extend its remit to seven other universities - Birmingham, Bradford, Loughborough, Middlesex, Newcastle, Northampton and Wolverhampton.
The project built on recognition that many scientists do not have the skills to interact effectively with school students (especially Key Stage 1 - 3 pupils). This isn't a problem specific to the UK, as the below article indicates:
Lighting Up Learning Ltd supported the project through the design and delivery of training aimed at upskilling academics' public engagement skills. A Guide to Effective STEM Public Engagement was produced and a range of presentations and teacher resources for primary school outreach activities were developed.
The aim of the project was to:
Empower Masters, PhD students and STEM academics to be more involved with public engagement activities and to create and share a range of materials for workshops in primary schools.
Project lead, University of Bristol
Lighting Up Learning Ltd