Ep42: Your Child is a Scientist – Carole Kenrick

Carole Kenrick in Lab_13. Image credit: Stuart Higgins

Carole Kenrick in Lab_13. Image credit: Stuart Higgins

Children love science, they love scientists, but they don't want to be one. Carole Kenrick, Scientist and Inventor-in-Residence at Gillespie Primary School in North London, is changing that.

They see themselves as having done science. They are scientists
— Carole Kenrick
Part of Lab_13 at Gillespie Primary School. Image credit: Stuart Higgins

Part of Lab_13 at Gillespie Primary School. Image credit: Stuart Higgins

Carole talks to me about what a Scientist-in-Residence does, how she gets pupils to become scientists and do real research, and how she teaches them about different approaches to scientific questions.

In this episode we refer to the findings of the Aspires project, a ten-year longitudinal study into young people's science and career aspirations. You can read the report from the first five years of the project here.

You can follow Carole on Twitter @HelpfulScience, and the lab @Lab_13Gillespie, and read more about the lab here.

Some of the work and models in Lab_13. Image credit: Stuart Higgins

Some of the work and models in Lab_13. Image credit: Stuart Higgins