The Science Centre, within the Directorate for Learning and Assessment Programmes organises ongoing campaigns to promote the uptake of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects by middle and secondary school students in Malta.
One such activity, called Teen Science Café involves bringing 12-year olds closer to professionals who have chosen to take up a STEM-related career successfully.
We meet a series of small groups (around 12) of students, for 15-minute sessions. Other professionals do the same, allowing students to move from one professional to the next during the time allocated for the event.
During the session, the professional from our organisation shares personal/professional experiences to encourage students follow a similar professional path.
Here are some examples of what we cover in the 15-minute sessions:
– What generated your interest in science;
– Who/what encouraged you to take up your career;
– Any difficulties you have managed to overcome;
– Major job satisfactions;
– Any special/particular experiences;
– Importance of studying sciences for your career;
– Some time for questions from students.