community outreach

Based in Science

Science. Such a broad topic, but such an important aspect to education and to the way we all live our lives. You would think that a crucial subject such as science would encourage and appeal to many of all ages, and to some extent it does, yet why is it that children between the ages of 9 to 14 find the subject less inspiring and relevant to their lives as they progress further in school? I challenged myself to take up the issue and make an attempt to implement change.

Based In Science was created in October 2019 and is a youth-led project aiming to encourage more children and young adults into STEM-related careers. Being bilingual, I decided to incorporate Albanian into the information I provide on my social media platforms, as the country of my origins, Kosovo, has among the youngest population in Europe – more than 40% of the population being under 25 – and so I am taking the opportunity to also reach out to the youth there, as well as here in the UK. Being a sixteen-year-old sixth form student can prove difficult when attempting to promote ideas due to a lack of being taken seriously, however, I have never doubted my goals for this project and will continue to push for the encouragement of youth in STEM.

Scientific resources, experiments, fun facts and movie recommendations, all aimed at the youth of our generation, are what you will find when you visit either the social media platforms or website for my social action project, Based In Science. Too often, students lose interest in science as a subject as the subject isn’t made attractive enough or isn’t explained properly, which is what Based In Science is committed to change. I strongly believe in incorporating hands-on activities when reaching out to children, in terms of teaching science, as a link between experiments and the importance in our everyday lives can be easily identified.

Science is absolutely everywhere in today’s world. It is part of our daily lives, from cooking and gardening, to recycling and comprehending the daily weather report, to reading a map and using a computer. Technological and scientific advances are transforming our world at an incredible pace, but to continue this development, we need the younger generations to continue pursuing careers in STEM fields. Based In Science will contribute to this by aiming to encourage, teach, and inspire the future generations for careers into STEM.

Written by Ideja Bajra.

*Originally published May 2020.

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