BEST PRACTICE 01 – LABORATORY REVIEWS

Organisation: Elhuyar

Original project name: Zientzia Azoka: researchers as youth advisors.

Duration of the meetings: 2 or 3 hours.

Venue: STEM professional work centres.

Description

Each group of young people working on the Elhuyar Zientzia Azoka project gets in touch with a volunteer researcher at the university.

 The young people visit the researcher in his/her laboratory or workplace and, after learning about the researcher’s activity, they focus on the project in hand; the researcher gives them suggestions and is asked to talk about real experiences.

 Prior to that, the researcher is asked to explain his work to the young people. Sometimes researchers do some other activity.

 The young people then explain to the researcher what projects they are working on. The researcher mainly helps the young people to give a more authentic dimension to the methodological aspect and to the project.

Strengths:

  • Starting from the personal relationship, not from the contents.
  • Connecting schools with STEM professionals.
  • Breaking stereotypes: appearance, lifestyle…
  • Possibility of prolonging the relationship (satisfaction).
  • Small groups, closer relationship.
  • Responding to the needs of young people.
  • Volunteering of researchers.

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