Wider Society Learning projects at EIT RawMaterials raise society’s awareness of the use of and need for raw materials. Projects at EIT RawMaterials inform, educate and reach out to school children, the general public, NGOs and decision-makers across Europe.
Working to incite enthusiasm and passion for raw materials-related topics, projects also aim to break down stereotypes and misinformation surrounding the raw materials industry.Wider Society Learning calls for innovative ways of demonstrating the advancements, needs and opportunities in the raw materials sector in ways that encourage awareness and interest within multiple target groups. By demonstrating the attractiveness of our sector, we can educate the game-changers of the future, contributing to our aim of securing a constant supply of well-qualified professionals to meet the sector’s needs.
The Raw Matters Ambassadors at Schools (RM@Schools) consortium is developing strategic dissemination capacity and methodology to improve the image of science & technology in schools for students aged 10 to 19 years, explaining the value of raw materials while promoting new professional careers in this sector. The best practice examples will be used for two educational approaches, one targeting school students in the age of 10 to 13 years, the other one for 14 to 19 year-old students. Active learning will be proposed to schools by involving students in experiments with raw materials-related hands-on educational kits. 14 to 19-year-old students will be also involved in the dissemination of science by using both their native language and English, to become RM Ambassadors themselves, utilising peer to peer education. Check out the website of the Wider Society Learning project RM@Schools and see some of the projects that the young Raw Materials Ambassadors have been working on.
Junior Achievement Europe is working with EIT RawMaterials to empower young people aged 15-18 with entrepreneurship and STEM skills and an understanding of the opportunities of the raw materials sector through a blend of activities. Together, EIT RawMaterials and JA Europe aim to impact more than 1200 students and over 100 business volunteers from EIT RawMaterials network in the school years 2017-2018 and 2018-19.