What is the STEM Student Journalist project?
Pupils and students between the ages of 11-22 can actively seek-out and report on news or features associated with science, technology, engineering and mathematics. They are registered with the project organisers via their school or college who supervise the submission of reports for publicity purposes.
When was it launched?
In April 2008.
Who has set it up?
The East Midlands STEM Partnership which is funded by the East Midlands Development Agency.
Why is it running?
In order to publicise the work of the East Midlands STEM Partnership, the public relations team recognised the need to involve as many different people as possible in its media work. We need to communicate with pupils, teachers, students and lecturers as well as parents, the business community and the wider public. A very wide public relations brief!
We need to explain the importance of STEM skills for the future competitiveness of the East Midlands region, UK companies and the economy as a whole. We need to communicate the relevance, interest and excitement of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in personal development, knowledge-building and problem-solving.
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"I think STEM student reporters is a brilliant idea. I've always enjoyed science and technology but, for me, the real excitement began when I had to find ways of describing complicated or obscure processes to others. It's always hugely satisfying when people who say they "know nothing about science" write and say they have been fascinated by a particular story. I know that the students will bring a freshness and liveliness to their reporting, so I'm really looking forward to seeing their work and picking up some tips myself!"
Maggie Philbin, presenter and reporter