Electromagnetic Field: Can geeks get kids into science?
BBC News reported on last weekend’s successful Electromagnetic Field EMF 2014 event held near Bletchley, Milton Keynes. The three day event attracted nearly three times as many people as the previous event held in 2012. Of those attending 75 were children under 16. “Getting kids involved has been crucial,” said Jonty Wareing, one of the event’s volunteer organisers.
Dr Elpida Makrygianni, from UCL’s Engineering Sciences faculty is charged with engaging young people with science, she thinks the festival is an important place to be. “It’s the social context, the fact that it is in the countryside, a million miles from the stereotype of a sterile lab.” That preconception is one of the first obstacles that has to be overcome when trying to engage young people in science, she says, especially young women.