The work with students includes participatory research processes that bring together science professionals and families with the aim of improving the perception of the latter towards scientific careers. In this way, the aim is to put an end to the conviction of many students who perceive that "science is not for me".
According to recent research, a significant proportion of students do not have the so-called 'scientific capital', especially those belonging to disadvantaged groups. It is possible that, due to a poor family scientific culture, a lack of scientific role models or few opportunities to participate in scientific activities outside formal education, students do not see themselves as future science professionals. The solution proposed by these new studies is to add more opportunities to the curriculum so that students can become familiar with what scientists do, talk about science with their families, interact with the scientific community, and thus appreciate the impact of science in their daily lives.
Participatory research methodologies are inspired by methodological frameworks, such as Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and other Living Lab methodological frameworks, as well as collaborative learning and inquiry with the community: families, universities and businesses.
During the 2020-21 and 2021-22 academic years, more than 20 schools and 2,500 students and their families have participated.