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The next Albert Einstein? School kids dream of becoming scientists

Do you remember what career you dreamed of having when you were a child? A dancer, actor or a firefighter? Or even a scientist? Research conducted on behalf of Smart Energy GB* suggests that the coronavirus pandemic has changed the career goals of some children. Now, more school children are dreaming of becoming scientists to solve global issues.

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How has the pandemic changed children’s career goals?

The coronavirus pandemic has affected all aspects of our lives - From going to school or work, to seeing loved ones, our lives have changed in so many ways. Following months of hearing about the virus in virtual classrooms and daily press briefings from Government scientists, even our own children’s dreams and aspirations for their future have changed too.

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The majority of children are now more likely to view scientists as role models. In fact, a fifth (22%) of children say they wish they could live a day in the life of Albert Einstein and as many (73%) have heard of Professor Chris Whitty as they have Professor Brian Cox. And the work that these scientists have been doing throughout the pandemic has even inspired new career goals.

Almost half of children say that the pandemic has made them more interested in pursuing a career in science, technology and innovation:

*The research was conducted by One Poll between the 21 - 28 May 2021, surveying a nationally representative sample of 2000 11-16 year-old children

But why do children want to become scientists?

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How children want to change the world

Every aspect of our lives has been and continues to be influenced by science and new inventions, from Albert Einstein and Marie Curie to Jennifer Doudna and Professor Chris Whitty. We have seen how scientists working on the coronavirus vaccines have potentially saved the lives of millions across the world. Becoming a scientist can help you work on projects that make a real difference.

And now children are dreaming about inventing something that could change the world for the better. Given the opportunity to invent something new, most children jumped at the chance to prioritise healthcare and the environment - with solving the climate crisis leading the way:

  • 57% would love to invent a product to solve the climate crisis
  • 39% would most like to discover a way for people with serious illnesses to live longer
  • 30% want to find a new method to ensure everyone can breathe clean air free from pollution

And this was reflected in the specific invention’s children wanted to discover:

Smart meters and innovation

The good news is that the technology we are working with now will help the next generation to be more climate-friendly, and help the environment while living their everyday lives. And smart meters are just one of these new technologies…

Smart meters are helping to upgrade Britain’s energy infrastructure into a more reliable and cleaner smart energy system. They will help the smart energy system use more renewable energy, such as wind, solar and hydro power. This will reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. And ultimately help to reduce our carbon footprint as a nation.

Einstein loves wind:

How smart meters helped My-Yen become more environmentally conscious

My-Yen lives in Cardiff with her family. She's environmentally conscious and it was a logical next step for her to get a smart meter installed.

Now, not only she's got better overview over her energy use, My-Yen thinks that if more people in Britain were to get a smart meter installed, it would definitely help tackle climate change:

Experiments to entertain your future scientists

For the children now dreaming about a career in science, we’ve gathered some thought-provoking science experiments to try at home. There may be some trial and error involved to make the experiments a success, but this will help your future scientists learn and grow – after all, inventing world changing technology will take some persistence!

And the added bonus? These activities use little or no household electricity or gas! If you are keeping a careful eye on your energy usage, getting a smart meter can help you monitor it in near-real time, in pounds and pence. 

Remember: choose an activity that’s age-appropriate and do supervise your children whilst they strut their science stuff, some of these experiments need adult supervision and help.

Click the link below to begin experimenting...

Seven smart science experiments to try out at home this summer

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