King's College London
Objective: To make policy-makers and educators sit up and take notice of the importance of early education about STEM careers.
Challenge: Children as young as ten already see a career in science as ‘not for me’. Despite the majority of children enjoying science at school and viewing scientists positively, fewer than 17% are interested in turning the subject into a career. Researchers also found that parents and children still see science careers as predominantly ‘for boys’. The ASPIRES research team, led by Louise Archer, Professor of Sociology of Education at King’s College London drew evidence from international research literature and new findings from a major 5-year longitudinal research study.