GIVING 1 MILLION CHILDREN AN AWESOME EXPERIENCE OF SCIENCE
ABOUT RENÉE WATSON
Entrepreneur. Scientist. Speaker. Panelist.
Born in rural Australia, Renée didn't know anyone who'd been to University, let alone any scientists. Yet science proved to be her catalyst for exploration and discovery, sparking her imagination and leading to a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. Renée's early experience working in science inspired a new goal; to shatter preconceived ideas about the world of Science, Tech, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and make it accessible to everyone.
Renée's on the road to helping 1 million children have a wonder-filled experience of STEM. She has won awards for leadership and role modelling in both business and STEM, was named by Melinda Gates as a woman in STEM to watch, spoke alongside Arun Gandhi at TEDx Athens and has been a regular guest on BBC Radio since 2013. In 2008 Renee established her first company, WATS.ON that still supports scientific societies to grow and engage the public. In 2016 Renée launched her second company, The Curiosity Box, which provides STEM resources to families and schools, that is now sold in 7 countries.
Currently, Renée is taking on the UK primary education system, championing a move away from test-led classrooms and back to celebrating a child’s innate inquisitive nature through curiosity-led learning. Renée lets off steam playing touch rugby and co-captained the Europe women's 35s team at the Touch Rugby World Cup.
Renee Watson knows the answer to any question I throw at her on live radio! Or, if she doesn’t know, she can suggest how we’d find out.
During our live experiments on air, we have seen sound, eaten chocolate poo, argued with Cher over whether it really is in his kiss, and generally extolled the wonder of the cosmos.
As a science nerd myself, Renee re-awakens my love of the subject.
She also has the coolest sciency outfits, is a Supermum, and- as we found out on this week’s show, when removing the plastic coating from the ends of electrical wire- she would have the rubbishest comic book character name of...Scissor Girl.
Lilley Mitchell, BBC Presenter
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