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Does attending a large science event enthuse young people about science careers?

Illingworth, SM and Lewis, E and Percival, C (2015) Does attending a large science event enthuse young people about science careers? Journal of Science Communication, 14. ISSN 1824-2049 (Unpublished)

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Abstract

A survey was conducted during the University of Manchester’s 2014 ‘Science Extravaganza’, which saw the participation of over 900 Key Stage 3 (ages 11–14) students in a range of interactive demonstrations, all run by active University researchers. The findings of this study suggest that a new approach is necessary in order to use these large science events to actively engage with school students about the career opportunities afforded by science subjects. Recommendations for such an approach are suggested, including the better briefing of researchers, and the invitation of scientists from outside academia to attend and interact with the school students.

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