BP investigate the STEM skills gap with a new research and development project
BP have partnered with the Science Museum and King’s College London in a five year research and development project called Enterprising Science. Enterprising Science researched why there is a skills gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and what can be done to close it. The research coined a new term: science capital. Science capital can be determined by an individual’s science-related qualifications, their understanding of science and knowing someone who works in a science-related job. Research has found that the more science capital a young person has, the more likely they are to study science post-16.
In order to engage more young people with science, Enterprising Science aims to:
- increase understanding about the factors that influence science engagement and participation
- help teachers to build students’ science capital
- develop new approaches for engaging students from all backgrounds with science, particularly focusing on those from disadvantaged schools and communities