We’re A Social Enterprise
Science Fuse is a social enterprise working to improve the quality of Science Education in Pakistan. We make Science an exciting experience for children; giving them skills and opportunities to improve their futures. Science Fuse wants to make sure that all children in Pakistan, irrespective of their gender & socioeconomic background, have access to world-class science education.
We curate fun, inspiring and relevant science learning engagements & educational resources. Students, teachers and communities can all benefit from our expertise. We aim to improve scientific literacy and ignite a strong passion for science in children. Furthermore, we also want to nurture their critical-thinking skills and sense of wonder!
Since our humble beginings, we’ve worked closely with 250 schools & organizations working in the educational & social sector in Pakistan. So far, we’ve engaged 45 000 children, provided training & support to 650 teachers & nurtured a community of almost 250 Science Engagers & ambassadors based all across the country.
No ambition is ever small
Science Fuse was founded in 2017 by our CEO, Lalah Rukh who has been working with Science Engagement & Informal Science Education for almost 11 years now. Her journey started with pursuing Molecular Biology & Biotechnology at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Norway. She later spent 5 years working at Forskerfabrikken – a leading social enterprise that creates & delivers informal science education programs to both children & teachers all across Norway. She has also worked as a Science Communicator at the 164-year old prestigious Science Museum London before quitting her job to move to Pakistan. Science Fuse started with the efforts of a few but is now a vibrant community of almost 250 Science Communicators based all across Pakistan from Skardu to Turbat & Larkana! Our Founder is also an Acumen fellow 2018, a Malala Fund Champion 2019, and a Changemakerxchange fellow from 2019.
Why We Exist
We’re breaking the wall of substandard Science Education for marginalized children, especially girls.
In Pakistan, the quality of science & maths education remains dismal for the majority of children, especially for millions belonging to underserved communities. Pakistan’s schools are producing unacceptably low levels of learning outcomes in maths and science — a stark reality that represents a significant and deep-rooted challenge to our economic growth.
At Science Fuse, we’re breaking the wall of substandard Science Education for marginalized children, especially girls. We believe that it is social justice that every child has access to good science education for their own & the public good.
Why is science education important in our schools? We are surrounded by technology and the products of science every day. Public policy decisions that affect every aspect of our lives are based on scientific evidence. And, the immensely complex natural world that surrounds us illustrates infinite scientific concepts. As children grow up in an increasingly technologically and scientifically advanced world, they need to be scientifically literate to succeed.
Moreover, teaching the scientific method to students is teaching them how to think critically, learn, solve problems and make informed decisions. These skills are integral to every aspect of a student’s education and life, from school to career.
Not many children & young people are inspired by science in our country. Some don’t find it relevant to their lives or know what careers are available. Moreover, girls, young women & millions of children from low-income families are persistently marginalized from good quality science education & science engagement. This leads to poor scientific literacy, low science capital & eventually their under-representation in the fields of science. This lack of diversity limits achievements and developments within the scientific community, hampers public scientific literacy, and can prevent young people from pursuing STEM careers.
As a social enterprise, we are:
Making culturally relevant resources and experiences for children across Pakistan
Training teachers to be excellent science communicators and classroom leaders
Increasing female participation in STEM through advocacy and awareness campaigns
Providing inspiring informal science education to children from underserved communities
Nurturing a large community of Science Communicators to generate impact within their local communities
Adapting our methodologies and creating research-driven resources to enhance the scientific literacy of the community at large.
The Science Capital Educational Approach
We are encouraging everyone to develop a lifelong journey with science at Science Fuse. And we believe that begins best with children and young people. Science is a universal language. So we have designed an informal Science Education Curriculum for 3 – 14 year-olds. We are inspired by local and international curricula; bringing forward the best of both worlds to build scientific literacy and enhance the quality of science education.
Our curriculum is designed using the Science Capital Teaching Approach to help students aged 3 – 14 years find more meaning and relevance in science. As a result, they engage more with the subject. Researchers from University College London, King’s College London, the Science Museum London and 43 secondary science teachers in England have worked to build this inspiring ideology. The ideas for this approach were co-developed and tested over four years.
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