Parents and Teachers

 

The UK is facing a serious skills shortage in science and engineering. Parents and teachers can help to turn things around.

 
 

We know for a fact that most kids are interested in science. More than 7 out of 10 children1 say that they learn interesting things in their science classes, and recognise that scientists make a real difference to the world.

Yet something’s holding them back. By the time they reach their teens, the majority of young people have decided that science ‘isn’t for them’. As a result, the UK science and engineering sectors are experiencing a shortfall2 of specialists every year.

A career in science can lead to amazing things...

  • Epic adventures

  • Awesome discoveries

  • Incredible inventions

  • World-changing breakthroughs

With #TeamScience, we’re aiming to show every young person that science and its related subjects can lead an exciting life, no matter who you are, where you come from or what your interests are.

Get involved

There’s a place for everyone in #TeamScience. We need parents and teachers to help convince young people that science, maths and technology are worth studying at GCSE level and beyond, whatever their hobbies and aspirations. How? Well, here are a few suggestions.

Code Club

Sign your kids up to Code Club. There are literally thousands up and down the country.

Royal Institution

Watch some online videos together. The Royal Institution’s YouTube channel is a great place to start.

Fact Club

Discuss cutting-edge, real life discoveries. STFC has all the facts you need.

Science Centre

Get hands on at a science centre. Find one in your area on the Science and Discovery Centre website.

Join #TeamScience

Our online resource for young people includes info on cool careers, interesting articles, videos and more.

Play the Game

Invite your students or kids to play the game and explore the amazing science career options.

References:
  1. Campaign for Science and Engineering. CaSE Report - Improving Diversity in STEM.
  2. Kings College London. The Department of Education & Professional Studies. ASPIRES: Young people’s science and career aspirations, age 10-14.