Generate: Scientists of the Future
Ørsted and the Natural History Museum are working with schools and students over a three-year period to help shape pupils’ attitudes to and aspirations in science. Inspired by the acclaimed ASPIRES research project run by King’s College London, this new initiative seeks to build ‘science capital’ amongst students – developing greater understanding, knowledge, interest and connections to science, scientists and scientific careers.
Working with four schools in the London boroughs of Westminster and Lambeth, the project aims to make science more accessible to a diverse range of students. The Natural History Museum hosts a day of science engagement activities for the schools every year, allowing students to explore the Museum’s 80 million specimen collection. The students are also given the opportunity to meet some of the world’s leading natural history and energy industry scientists.
The NHM conducts research into students’ attitudes and aspirations in science before, during and after the visits, which will show how the Museum’s interventions and the engagement with scientists is having an impact on the students taking part.