By Ayesha Umair, BHSc (Honours), Class of 2024
Several McMaster University undergraduates, many of whom are BHSc students, have come together to create an organization called Tellura. The goal of this group is to provide accessible resources for middle and high school students who want to learn about science research; all of their resources are available here: https://tellura-sci.web.app/. A complete list of Tellura’s members can be found on the website’s ‘About’ page.
Many of the club members recall being expected to use databases, read abstracts, and use science journals without being explicitly taught how to do so in high school. When they tried looking for resources to learn about these topics, they were either difficult to read, or scattered across many websites. Any databases that they had access to were confusing to use, and there was little instruction on how to use them. To overcome this issue, and to ensure that younger students do not have to face the same difficulties they did, the club members work to publish and advertise science literature-related content. Most of their promotional efforts have been organized using social media platforms, but they hope to reach out to schools in Hamilton about their initiatives once the campus re-opens.
The members of Tellura hope to continue providing accessible content through their work and change the current level of science literature education at middle and high school levels.