Finalist for the 2017 WISE Toy Award
5 October 2017
I was born about 100 years too late for my dream job as an explorer but then I discovered science and realised it was basically the same thing. From the ripe old age of 6 I became driven by a desire to explore the world through the lens of science. I don’t find it surprising that a lot of people think scientist are weird because I grew up in a small town where few people went to University and science was a dirty word, especially for a girl.
It was probably this start in life that set me on my mission to make science real and relevant to as many people as possible. While studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I worked in a mortuary, assisting with autopsies and setting up a museum of body parts for the public to visit. It was hugely popular and gave me my first insight into the power of science as a tool for inspiring people to be curious about life and the world. Since then I have helped set up a malaria and cancer research network, founded WATS.ON, a science engagement company, represent England at touch rugby to let off steam and most recently launched my second company, The Curiosity Box to disrupt the way we do STEM education.
The Curiosity Box is about giving ALL children the chance to have engaging, exciting and downright fun experiences of STEM. We do that by creating STEM themed, curriculum-linked, hands-on activities, featuring STEM role models and collectable lab kit packed into boxes along with all our passion for STEM (plus online support for grown ups!), and sending them direct to families all over the UK