Inspiring Tomorrow’s Researchers
Do you remember writing up your science experiments at school? Do you even remember the experiments? My school books are tucked away in the loft of my parents’ house and I’d be hard pressed to read my notes even if I did find them. Those experiments were certainly part of what inspired me to go on to do a PhD in mathematical physics and then on to work on the world’s first driverless taxi system, but I doubt anyone other than I remembers them!
Today it’s different. Today’s kids are writing up their science projects collaboratively in the cloud, and publishing them online to help inspire the next year’s pupils.
How do I know? During our research, a colleague and I built a tool for collaborative writing and publishing, called Overleaf. We originally built it for our own use in our lab, and in collaborations with our co-authors in universities around the world. Now it’s being used by nearly half a million researchers, students, and school kids in over 180 countries worldwide.
There’s one particularly inspiring story I’d like to tell – it’s the story of the Nano Ninjas, who won an award for the engineering notebook they created and published on Overleaf.
Intrigued? Read the rest of the story here!