SEEDS is a different kind of science experiment. One where the science is by teenagers for teenagers. They are involved at every stage to create change for themselves.
SEEDS is a citizen science project that wants to empower teenagers to live healthy lifestyles. We also want to help them explore how exciting and important science, technology, engineering and mathematics (‘STEM’) is in their lives. The citizen science part is therefore actually quite important – it means that the teenagers are the ones doing the science! They will use citizen science to create new experiments for healthy lifestyles, with input from relevant stakeholders in their lives. These experiments will run for six months in schools in Spain, the Netherlands, Greece and the UK.
Who is behind SEEDS?
A team of nutrition, public health, physical activity and citizen science experts who care about the opportunities teenagers have to be healthy. They have worked separately on various projects to improve teenagers health and science interest through social media, sport, board games, community engagement, nutrition and more. However, this is the first time they are working together and are very excited to share ideas.
Parts of the project
The SEEDS project runs between 2021-2022 and involved lots of planning. There are three main sections of the project, and these are:
Focus Groups – where teenagers help us shape the scientific questions we will ask
Makeathons – where teenagers will create experiments to help improve their own health
Interventions – where teenagers will combine their experiments into one intervention, and carry this out for six months.
The teenager scientists play crucial roles in every part of our project. This is called ‘Extreme Citizen Science’, and is an exciting project for us. It means we and relevant stakeholders in their lives have no idea what the teenagers will create and we also get to collaborate very closely to learn from them.