Promoting the science and engineering of timber to children.

Ridley-Ellis, Daniel (2008) Promoting the science and engineering of timber to children. Proceedings of the 10th World Conference on Timber Engineering, Miyazaki 2008.

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The UK’s young people are generally very poorly informed about the opportunities that exist for them in wood science and timber engineering, and commonly perceive the sector to be old-fashioned, unrewarding, environmentally damaging, and requiring of physical strength and endurance over intelligence and soft-skills. This has negative consequences for future recruitment into education, training and employment. This paper examines the attitudes school children have towards the forest and timber industries and ways in which misconceptions can be effectively challenged. Because the sector is currently male dominated, the paper looks at how recommended practice for engaging girls in science and technology can be applied to the wood chain. The paper covers the application of new media approaches for engaging with a hard-to-reach audience and presents the findings of experimental, and inexpensive, ventures of this type.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Public engagement; Timber engineering; Communication; Internet; Education; Young people;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 600 Technology > 620 Engineering > 620 Engineering & allied operations
600 Technology > 630 Agriculture > > 634.9 Forestry
300 Social sciences > 370 Education
500 Science > 580 Plants (Botany) > 582 Plants noted for characteristics & flowers > 582.16 Trees
Library of Congress Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
S Agriculture > SD Forestry
L Education > L Education (General)
Item ID: 2531
Depositing User: Dr. Daniel Ridley-Ellis
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2009 11:05
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2011 04:49

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