The logo of Futurum Careers: the word "futurum" with the tagline "Inspiring the next generation" nested under it.

Collaborator Spotlight: Inspiring Future Scientists with Futurum Careers

As a student, it can be challenging to connect one's burgeoning interest in STEM to a future career path. Futurum Careers aims to make finding that connection easier by highlighting role models across STEM subjects—from mathematics to medicine. We asked Futurum Careers to tell us a bit more about their organization and the important work that they do.

What is Futurum Careers?

Futurum Careers is a free online resource and magazine aimed at helping students connect the subjects they are learning with careers in STEMM (science, tech, engineering, mathematics, medicine) and SHAPE (social sciences, humanities and the arts for people and the economy). We collaborate with academics all over the world and translate their research projects into free education resources that can be used in the classroom and at home.

Two students read through Futurum magazines while taking notes on what they read in the articles.

What can teachers and students find on your website?

We create articles about real-world research projects and activity sheets that are linked to Bloom’s Taxonomy. You’ll also find PowerPoints, animations and podcasts. The animations are accompanied with scripts, while the podcasts come with PowerPoints and scripts, all of which have suggestions for learning activities. Then there are articles about inspiring people and organizations. These inspirational role models share their stories and career journeys with students in the hope that they will aspire to achieve their own full potential. (Explore Futurum Careers' interviews and articles here!)

A rainbow-colored pyramid equally segmented into 6 sections ordering the levels of human cognitive processing from highest to lowest. The highest, first tip is “Create: Produce new or original work; Design, assemble, construct, conjecture, develop, formulate, author, investigate.” Second is “Evaluate: Justifying a stand or decision; Appraise, argue, defend, judge, select, support, value, critique, weigh.” Third is "Analyze: Draw connections among ideas; Differentiate, organize, relate, compare, contrast, distinguish, examine, experiment, question, test.” Fourth is “Apply: Use information in new situations; Execute, implement, solve, use, demonstrate, interpret, operate, schedule, sketch.” Fifth is “Understand: Explain ideas or concepts; Classify, describe, discuss, explain, identify, locate, recognize, report, select, translate.” And sixth, forming the bottom or base of the pyramid and representing the lowest order, is “Remember: Recall facts and basic concepts; Define, duplicate, list, memorize, repeat, state.”
Bloom's Taxonomy. Graphic created by the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching.

What’s your organization's vision for education?

Every teacher wants to challenge their students and 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. Ultimately, our mission is to enable researchers to inspire, teachers to motivate, and students to aspire!

What’s your top tip for students?

There isn’t a set career path. For example, we are a team of six working in educational publishing and we all have different experiences. One team member didn’t go to university, instead choosing to become an entrepreneur, while another has a PhD in volcanology. You never know where life might take you, so be open to opportunities and, above all, have fun!

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LabXchange team

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