Katie Hudson - Windmill 2006
I am setting up a not-for-profit business called Pro Science. It aims to improve science education in schools (state - at the moment) and also to improve the employability prospects of students studying science at university.
Pro Science aims to place undergraduates into local schools for an hour or two a week to assist with science classes. The scheme provides help and support for school students, as well as teachers. It also provides young, enthusiastic, ‘cool’ undergraduates studying science at university level who act as role models, thereby challenging stereotypes, improving awareness of higher education and opening up channels for communication between schools and universities.
Sustainability comes from corporate involvement. Companies interested in recruiting the undergraduates, sponsor the scheme and get increased exposure and/or direct access to recruits that they want. Through career talks, employability workshops and other opportunities, employers can promote their industry and their company’s employment opportunities. They can build up relationships with prospective applicants for work experience, internships, work placements and even graduate jobs. As well as improving undergraduate career prospects, at a school level they will be increasing the number of young people who have the opportunity to understand,
enjoy and persevere with science.
I am very excited that Pro Science has been shortlisted into the top 10 for winning the "Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas award". The 4 winners are decided by a combination of a judging panel's scoring, and the number of votes attained for their 'Elevator pitch' on this website:
You can watch my 'elevator pitch' through the link above, once you have filled in a couple of details (takes ~3 mins). To vote, just click on the 'Cast my vote' button directly below my video (2nd in from the left on the bottom row).
PLEASE, pretty please vote and please get anyone else you can think of to vote too. I will be Hugely grateful.
You can learn more about the Shell LiveWIRE award on the link, and you can learn more about Pro Science in the video pitch itself or by asking me. We don't have a website yet, but it is one of the first things on the list once we have enough funding. This is very much in its beginning stages, and that is why this award would do so, so much.
I have been running this as a pilot scheme in Edinburgh for over a year now and have had 18 physics undergraduates working in 6 schools since September 2010. I am now officially setting it up as a social enterprise and intend to involve many different Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths faculties from many different Universities in the future.
I love talking about what I'm doing, probably a bit too much, so if you or someone you know wants to find out more, then please get in touch, or get them to be.
Thank you masses, in advance.