Hanne is creating a new generation of scientists, a culture of critical thinking and breading intellectual curiosity by integrating experimental science into classrooms. Scientist Factory, offers inexpensive two-hour science courses after school to training young brains, enrich learning and position science as something fun and interesting. By using specialised teachers, encouraging experimental science in curriculum and development of textbooks, Hanne is transforming science education into something compelling and accessible to all.
At third level, the proportion of applications for science and applied science degree courses has generally remained consistent over the past 7 years (12%-13.1% of all undergraduate courses).
The establishment of the National Centre for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching and Learning in 2007 was an acknowledgement by the Government of the importance of the teaching and learning of science and mathematics to the economic, social and cultural future of Ireland. Additionally, the continued funding of the discover-science initiative is evident of the political backing on STEM projects.
A review of international best practice has identified ways to increase participation rates in STEM subjects by enhancing skills of teachers, changing teaching methods and giving maths and science greater emphasis in the curriculum – all key elements of Scientist Factory. Thus, Scientist Factory aligns with the political, economic, social and cultural needs of increasing communication and interest in science education in Irish children.
Scientist Factory offers inexpensive two-hour science courses after school to training young brains. Potential expansion to include regional Science Summer Camps and the establishment of official Science Youth Academy for Irish teens.