My World of Work at Glasgow Science Centre
The project: My World of Work at Glasgow Science Centre
The challenge: Where could a science career take you? Glasgow Science Centre and Skills Development Scotland (SDS) are working together to raise awareness of the SDS all age web service “My World of Work”, promoting career planning to teenagers and encouraging them to consider science, technology, engineering and maths (“STEM”) subjects.
The purpose: To highlight career options for secondary school students.
The outcomes: Over the last 6 months, Glasgow Science Centre has hosted four successful “Your Science Futures” events bringing industry experts and school pupils together. These events give school pupils the opportunity to talk directly and informally to employers, as well as providing suitable resources for teachers. The team has been working to eventually develop a space on Floor 2 of Glasgow Science Centre with interactive exhibits to inspire school children to think about their future and manage their careers by focusing on specific subjects and the qualifications they need to achieve. The events to date have been aimed at the S1 to S3 age group however the new initiative will expand to a wider audience such as parents and other adults.
The collaboration fits with the objectives of both organisations and has succeeded in providing support to individuals and businesses, helping both to develop and apply their skills. In addition, the project has promoted science and technology through thought-provoking, fun and exciting experiences.
The impact: My World of Work was created in 2008 with this specific project beginning in Spring last year. So far, over 1500 pupils have attended the Your Science Futures events with 82% of pupils asked, saying they had learned about new jobs.
The new exhibition space will be a hub of activity relating to Science Careers, bringing together scientists, educators, pupils and families from across Scotland
This case study was published in May 2014