Teachers and Schools
What we do:
Futurum Careers is a free online resource and magazine aimed at encouraging 14-19-year-olds worldwide to pursue careers in science, tech, engineering, maths, medicine (STEM) and research. We work with academics all over the world and translate their research into free education resources that can be used in the classroom, at home and in STEM and STEAM (science, tech, engineering, arts, social sciences, humanities and maths) clubs.
Why we do it:
We are passionate about STEM and STEAM education and we’re passionate about science communication. Why not combine the two?
Futurum is here because we want to help teachers deliver a high quality, broadened STEAM education that will invigorate their students’ desire to learn. We want to help scientists and researchers communicate their work to a global audience of teenagers, young adults and teachers. We want to offer teenagers and young adults – regardless of their gender, race of background – the knowledge and confidence to study STEAMM subjects – and, in turn, social mobility.
Our ultimate aim is to help students (and teachers help students) connect the subjects they are learning with real-world careers in STEAM. In the UK, Ofsted now ranks schools according to their application of Gatsby Benchmarks. The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of eight guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges. When schools and teachers use our content, we can support them in meeting Gatsby Benchmarks 2, Learning from career and labour market information; 4, Linking curriculum learning to careers; 5 Encounters with employers and employees; and 7 Encounters with further and higher education. The US equivalent is the NGSS – Next Generation Science Standards.
Our mission is to enable researchers to inspire, teachers to motivate, and students to aspire.
How we work with researchers:
As the name Futurum suggests, we are always looking ahead, which is why we feel strongly about the importance of sharing knowledge and innovation, and why we ensure that research is communicated in an accessible and engaging manner, to an audience that is keen to learn.
We get to know our researchers’ work, use our expertise to craft teacher and student-friendly learning resources, and ensure our researchers are proud of the materials we share with the public on their behalf.
Increasing STEM skills is a global priority and Futurum is gratified by connecting experts from all over the world with the next generation of researchers. We ensure real impact is achieved by getting researcher’s work in front of teachers, from a source they trust and in a format they can use easily.
How we support teachers:
Every teacher wants to challenge their students and to pass on the passion for their subject that made them work in education in the first place. In the real world of heavy teaching timetables and minimal planning time, however, we know that teachers can struggle to provide learning experiences that broaden their students’ knowledge and understanding beyond the confines of exam specifications.
Our job is to provide free, stimulating and high-quality resources that enable teachers to stretch their students that little bit more, and take them beyond the classroom and into the innovative world of contemporary research.
The resources we provide for teachers foster engagement, curiosity and independent learning, while showcasing career options available to young people.
Meet the Futurum team
Let’s first take a moment to praise the hard work you – teachers and the schools you work in – do. Governments and organisations worldwide are worried about the future STEM skills base. And, for every teenager and young person you motivate to explore these subjects, you are bridging this STEM skills gap.
But, in spite of the plethora of educational research and initiatives available, you still have to deal with the day-to-day challenges of inspiring a generation of would-be professionals and scientists; you have to manage tight budgets, prepare practical science lessons within short time frames, keep up to date with scientific concepts that might be outside your sphere of expertise, balance the curriculum with context and relevance, and much, much more….
Whether you’re a teacher of STEM, information technology, humanities, careers or social studies, we want to help you with all of these challenges and put the ‘wow’ into classrooms. We want to support you with resources that aim to engage all students regardless of their gender, ethnicity or background. There are multiple organisations and global initiatives that are focused on this mission, and our aim is to bring these resources together so that you can access them quickly and easily – and at no cost.
What will you find on this site?
• Articles about researchers and their research, covering all subjects relating to STEAMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths, Medicine)
• Activity sheets that link directly to the articles and provide relevant external resources
• The latest quarterly magazine
• Information about educational initiatives, internships and apprenticeship schemes, as well as links to the organisations’ own resources – see career guides
• Profiles of students studying STEAMM subjects at university or undertaking other training schemes – see course guides
• Links to our partner initiatives, including SKYPE A SCIENTIST, which allows you and your students to connect with researchers and academics via Skype.
Is there a cost involved?
No. Everything on this site and in the Futurum magazine is freely accessible and free of charge.
Do you need to subscribe to Futurum?
No. This a registration-free site but we do encourage you to subscribe to our mailing list – see sign up. By signing up you will:
01 Receive our monthly newsletter and quarterly magazine
02 Have the opportunity to shape and influence our content