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 school students.
One new activity, called Teen Science Café involves bringing 10 and 11-year olds closer to professionals who have chosen to take up a STEM-related career successfully.
This year, 2020, events will be held in a number of schools across Malta and Gozo where parents may also be invited. The students are divided into groups, and rotate between guest speakers in different workshops which last for 30 minutes each.
Topics covered include:
- A short introduction about the professional – what their job entails; how they got in this profession; difficulties/challenges that they had to overcome; what they like in their profession; how they feel about their job; difficulties that may be encountered on the job; other areas related to their profession; what subjects are important to study at school to pursue such a career…
- Then there is a short hands-on activity or demonstration (related to their profession) with the students. This is the part that students like best.
- Finally, the last few minutes are kept for some question time for students and parents.