Sci-Seedlets are designed to fulfil the need for plant-science education/research kits and games providing enhanced educational experiences to upper primary and secondary school children. The plant scientists have worked with cell and computer engineers, artists, teachers, members of the public and sci-comm advisors. This work of the cross-disciplinary team has made it possible to incorporate STEM concepts into the resource designs, and outreach surveys have allowed us to identify responsive target audiences – school children in an educational set-up with an ‘education-ready’ mindset and will deliver additional learning outcomes in literacy, math and art, at the same time as promoting plant science.
The aim of Sci-Seedlets is to engage young minds in the exciting intricacies of science through activities and play. Sci-Seedlets offers an eclectic mix of educational tools to help nurture wider interest in plant sciences and STEM research by giving a feel of the scientific process. Research shows that young children have made their minds up about science/careers by the age of 9-10 (Seligman, L., Weinstock, L., & Heflin, E. N., Elementary School Guidance & Counselling, 1991). Therefore, to infect future plant science with enthusiasm for research it is important to inspire children early on in life and to bring scientific awareness to members of the public who care for the children. These ‘tasters’ deliver focused experiences of plant science research through easily accessible digital and physical resources that are suitable for use by parents at home for extra-curricular engagement and teachers in schools as part of lesson plans.