Student engagement is a vital part of the change agency ecosystem. When students become involved in or science communication projects it is a win-win situation, where all participants involve gain from the experience. The students themselves gain vital experience, skills and networks, all essential additions to their CV; the young people will meet role models, interacting with people who are generational go-betweens; and the project benefits from the wealth of knowledge and energy the students can bring, whilst also being able to give an accurate picture of what higher education is at this exact moment. SiS Catalyst made it possible for twelve students to work on eight projects around the world.
Several key points to orientate this work in the future emerged from the SiS Catalyst experience, which have been compiled into a set of guidelines for internship hosts.
Originally developed as a pilot activity over the course of SiS Catalyst, What is Science?’ is a self-contained workshop project, designed to be easily set up by any institution or organisation that works with students. It does not require much in the way of resources and can be delivered to any number of primary schools. It is a project that allows students to get involved as much or as little as their time and inclination allows, whilst still delivering a high impact workshop to the 10-12 year olds it is aimed at.What is Science?