What is Leaders in Science?
Leaders in Science (LiS) is an outreach programme for schools designed to engage more young people in science whilst developing leadership, communication and presentation skills.
It was founded by a PhD student in 2015 in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline in partnership with North Hertfordshire College in Stevenage, UK. Now in its 4th year running, LiS has expanded to more schools, reaching over 600 primary school students and 40 secondary school students since it began.
How does it work?
The programme is split into two stages over two terms. First, STEM mentors work with small groups of senior school students to introduce them to science beyond the curriculum through talks and hands-on workshops. In the second stage, we mentor the students through a process of designing their own workshops which they take into local primary schools. Alongside this, we also run debates and leadership and presentation skills sessions throughout the programme.
Whilst the older students develop valuable leadership skills and experience of working with younger students, the primary school students enjoy doing new experiments and are often inspired by the older students.