It’s time for the kids to take charge at Winchester Science Centre as youngsters create a new youth board.

The independent educational charity is on the hunt for 20 fun, creative, ambitious and opinionated young people to create the youth board.

The dynamic new Young Steering Group will drive change at the Science Centre and throughout the charity as a whole.

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They will also get the unique opportunity to represent the voices of all young people in some of STEM’s (science, technology, engineering and maths) most important topics.

Ben Ward, chief executive of Winchester Science Centre, said: “We believe that all children should have the opportunity to improve their lives, the lives of others and ultimately life on Earth through STEM. And who better to help us achieve this goal than children themselves. I can’t wait to be put through my paces by our new Young Steering Group. I’m looking forward to working side by side with them over the next year.”

Applications are now open and children aged between six and 11 from the South of England are needed to form the charity’s new group.

The new recruits will make sure that everything at the Science Centre is fun, inclusive, immersive, interactive and accessible.

The group will also be vital in helping to shape the future of the charity. By giving the management team advice on scientific topics that are important to young people, helping to determine how the charity is making a difference and speaking to other young people, they will be key to ensuring that STEM is accessible to everyone.

Any youngster can join the group and the charity said it is a place to build confidence, promote diversity and overcome inequalities in STEM.

Some previous members had lots of STEM knowledge, some had none but they wanted to make a difference and represent other children.

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To be considered for this hugely important role, children need to show the Science Centre management team how passionate they are about wanting to join the group.

This can be done in writing, by video, with a drawing; the possibilities are endless. Applications need to be in by Friday, February 18.

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