Welcome to Scientist of the Week! If you’ve made it to this page, you’ll likely want to know a little more about this week’s scientist and maybe something about the project.
About the project
At NUSTEM we’re working with lots of schools on this project. We celebrate the achievements of scientists and engineers, but more importantly we draw attention to their character and personal attributes and qualities. While it can be difficult for children to picture themselves as ‘a scientist,’ it’s often easier to identify with shared attributes, skills and interests.
We’re also trying to break down some of the more common stereotypes about scientists and engineers. Our weekly scientists are carefully chosen to reflect the range of careers available within science in the twenty-first century, and the ways that today’s scientists work.
Take a look at this week’s scientist above, and try using some of the words we’ve highlighted when talking to your child this week. We hope by doing this we’ll start to change attitudes towards science and engineering across the school, and beyond.
We’re an outreach project based at Northumbria University, working across the North-East, from preschool to post-16, covering all of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects. We’re particularly interested in the physical sciences – which is why we were initially called ’Think Physics’ – but that doesn’t stop us being curious about botany or fascinated by environmental science – which is why we changed our name to NUSTEM.