(a) To design and develop a set of open access tools for scientific investigation, adapted from the OpenScience laboratory (http://www.open.ac.uk/researchprojects/open-science/) in collaboration with young people.
(b) To support young people aged 15-19, individually or through organizations such as British Science Association, to engage with the tools and investigations.
(c) To implement cycles of design, evaluation and reporting, though a sequence of workshop activities with the Sheffield University Technical College (UTC) and the young user community online.
The project is divided into two phases: Phase 1 involves the adaptation of the available tools and activities and the evaluation of the users’ experience and attitudes. Phase 2 involves opening the tools and activities to young scientists and investigating their engagement in science.
The nQuire: Young Citizen Inquiry project is expected to:
- fully engage participating students and staff in the design of inquire-based science materials,
- reach 10 000 registered participants by the end of the project period,
- reinforce highly positive attitudes of young people towards citizen inquiry,
- develop new science investigations, and
- elicit favourable press coverage towards young citizen inquiry in printed and online educational media.