The opportunities to be gained from a career in STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – are not clearly understood by young learners aged 11-19 years. The HE-STEM Programme required an innovative and interactive facility designed for 21st century learning that gave students, parents and teachers the chance to explore the journey from school to university and into the workforce within the STEM fields of study. The aim was to develop wider participation by young learners who would not otherwise consider STEM or university options for their future.
Working in partnership with The National Space Centre and Junction Media, we developed a flexible and innovative multi-touch interface to present easy to understand information to young learners in an exciting and stimulating way.
The multi-touch feature and enticing interactive background encouraged playful interaction with the table. Participants answer a few fun questions before they begin to explore the diverse range of questions and video answers from 20 STEM professionals.
Participants are encouraged to share interesting content with others around the table through the intuitive multi-touch dragging feature. In addition, they’re able to continue exploring the STEM opportunities away from the table at home, school or college by electing to email themselves an information pack directly from the table interface.
This allows the comprehensive array of information and experiences to be fully appreciated by young learners and their families, helping to raise awareness of the accessibility and value of STEM careers.