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XJENZA-TV — Result In Brief

Project ID: 36808
Funded under: FP6-SOCIETY
Country: Malta

Makeover for science in Cyprus and Malta

Science is fun!! An EU-funded project has devised a programme and launched a television series to prove just that. The initiative was aimed at children in Malta and Cyprus to remedy a poor uptake in science careers.
Makeover for science in Cyprus and Malta
Ironically, Maltese and Cypriot citizens have the highest interest in innovation and yet the lowest uptake of science studies in Europe. The children from these two countries are high achievers when it comes to professional jobs at home and science careers if they emigrate. However, jobs in science are not generally contemplated in Malta and Cyprus.

In order to reverse this worrying trend, the European project XJENZA-TV produced a science series for TV showing that not only can science be fun but it is not difficult either. The programmes showed the children how to do experiments encouraging them to introduce science to their friends and fellow students. To show how rewarding science can be, each programme introduced a successful scientist who either worked locally or in a rewarding career abroad.

The 26-episode series, X-Lab, was filmed in Malta and Greece and broadcast across Europe in English, Greek and Maltese. Episodes posted on the website can be viewed with English subtitles for the benefit of the visually impaired who have access to software supporting a talking screenreader, for example. The DVD pack is available in schools in Malta and Cyprus.

each episode of X-Lab tackled a specific topic and ranges from ′Biomechanics to Bionics′, DNA, microbes, nanotechnology, stem cells and plant biology. Every programme featured a particular scientific principle and also included interviews with people in relevant industries where the science is applied explaining the appropriate production process.

the X-Lab series will continue to help show budding scientists the possibilities of a career in science and technology before they become disillusioned or bored. E-broadcasting to a Europe-wide list of disabled peoples′ organisations will help to encourage their participation in the knowledge society. Overall, the series will help to promote science in Europe and improve the European research arena.

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