Adolescents at risk and living in deprived areas have fewer opportunities for out of school activities, informal learning and reduced access to science education. The social determinants of health, specifically deprivation and lower access to health information, have major consequences in terms of chronic diseases. Scientific literacy can be promoted through enhancing health education: health research is well-valued in the society; topics are practical and relevant, and it is important to change unhealthy habits as early as possible; self-leadership and active methods are key ingredients.
SEEDS aims to foster science literacy and STEM education through raising health awareness through the empowerment of youth in critical thinking skills, self-management and self-care through community-based public engagement. The fundamental aim is to improve effectiveness of health promotion interventions in this population, whereby teenagers lead the process to transform their habits, contributing to sustainable behavioural change.
The aim of Scientific EngagEment for ADolescentS (SEEDS) Consortium is to engage adolescents from deprived neighbourhoods in designing interventions that seed an interest in scientific methodologies, promote STEM careers and empower them by enhancing their critical thinking capabilities. All SEEDS partners share a core belief that more can be done to create a better (and healthier) future for adolescents from low-income neighbourhoods.
How to participate
Teenagers will be co-creating tools for interventions to empower them to improve their health and science education. This will be carried out via a series of Makeathons. For the moment, the initiative will be focused on the teenagers in the selected schools, but it is hoped to make the interventions designed more widely available as part of the project dissemination and results. In the meantime, please check out our Twitter account (https://twitter.com/SMakeathons) to support us and see what we get up to!