The Science Council have teamed up with mobile phone company Orange to develop an action within their new ‘Do Some Good’ mobile volunteering app entitled ‘Hidden Science.’
This app will enable young people to get their burning science questions answered directly by scientists in the hope that it will enable them to convert their aspirations into a real career by showing them the huge variety of jobs within STEM that are available to them; overcome common misconceptions about working in STEM; remove gender stereotyping within this area; and highlight the importance of STEM skills and their relevance to everyday life.
The app will invite questions related to 12 monthly themes including Water, Medical Science, Food, Sport, Travel & Tourism, Fashion & Textiles, Earth Science, Imagining Different Tomorrows, Disaster, Wealth & Luxury, Space, and Computers & IT. All questions and answers will be posted on the Future Morph website where they will be accompanied by supporting materials for each topic. While we can’t predict the questions that will be submitted, it’s likely that they’ll be a mixture of factual (How much water does the average household use?) and careers-based (Where can I study marine biology?).
Submitted questions will go towards developing relevant teaching resources so that teachers can contextualise their teaching and therefore effectively raise careers awareness with the potential for year on year impact. We want to show that science and engineering have a huge impact on our lives and really are all around us.
For more information on the app or for details of how to download it visit the Orange website and please submit your science questions and volunteer your thoughts to help inspire the next generation of scientists in their future careers.