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Scientists in Residence


In England a new national network of Science Learning Centres has been created to offer teachers and technicians the support and resources to deliver innovative, intellectually stimulating and relevant science education to all students. There is a countryw ide network of nine Regional Centres and a National Centre located in York. Young people are from the earliest age interested in science and related issues but this interest fades during formal education. At the time when choices are being made on study courses that determine future career paths, often pupils consider science studies uninteresting and too hard. If we are to meet the objectives of the Lisbon strategy it is necessary that school pupils become aware of the attractions of a scientific caree r before they make the choice to specialise (a process that takes place, at least in the UK, at a relatively young age). A pilot ?Scientists in Residence? scheme in Science Learning Centre North East, Durham, is being introduced. The Scientists in Residen ce will be seconded from regional companies and higher education institutions to work with pupils on scientific projects linked to their industry. They will include managers, researchers and technicians for example, to impress upon pupils the diverse rang e of opportunities a career in science represents. The aim is to provide pupils at all stages of their education with the opportunity to experience first-hand the work of a scientist. The scheme will also provide work experience for pupils aged 14-19 on vocational science courses. The purpose of this application is to enhance the provision described above by adding a European dimension to the scheme. We intend to use the grant to bring scientists to the Centre from other EU countries and to send pupils t o the scientists? home organisations to shadow them.

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University Office, Old Elvet
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