The ten selected organisations will need to commit to the following:
To embed the workshops and public activities into your schools and public programme and run them into the future
To have a quality control system in place that maintains the integrity of the science you deliver into the future.
To deliver the range of the programme, from particle physics to space science celebrating the range of STFC science.
That, with bespoke support from ASDC including equipment lists, supplier contact lists, and on the phone advice, your organisation will commit to purchasing the kit needed for the programme. Buying the equipment directly from suppliers, ensures your organisations has ownership of the equipment and warrantees and can take advantage of your VAT status. The cost of the full kit will be £9,000* and ASDC will provide a fundraising pack to assist you in securing these funds from funders, engineering companies or industry or from your own organisations. ASDC will also work with you to discuss if you currently own suitable equipment (such as a thermal imaging camera) and reduce the cost.
To ensure two members of staff participate fully in the training academy**
To participate in networking opportunities and share ideas and best practice with the national network
To share information with the project manager for the purposes of reporting and evaluation in a timely manner
To market the workshops in accordance with the guidelines (largely to use the logo and ensure the science messages are accurate)
* If you reach 7,500 people, the cost to a funder of investing £9000 will be just £1.20 per head.
**Organisations wishing to apply should refer to the training and delivery schedule later in this document to ensure that their chosen members of staff on this project are available to attend the academies and deliver to other deadlines.
We recommend that organisations interested in applying aim to fundraise £9,000 to cover the costs of purchasing the Explore Your Universe kit as well as travel to the training academy, and attending national meetings.
Paid for by Applicant
Equipment procurement - £8,500*
Travel to training academy, national meeting and innovation days (£500)
*please note that the current estimated price to purchase the full set of equipment is £8,500 however, if you do not require all the items this would decrease. For example, if you already own a solar telescope and infrared camera it would be around £6,000.
Paid for by ASDC / Explore Your Universe
Fundraising pack showing the impact of the programme
Marketing pack ( including marketing images and press releases)
Training academy delegate fee
Training academy accommodation
All Workshops, shows and activity resources
Project training handbook
Equipment lists, supplier negotiation and bespoke support
Project support, conference calls and on-going training
National Meeting and innovation day delegate fees
Website and project communications (including newsletter)
The key audiences
The recent ASPIRES report (2013) recommends targeting activities to primary aged children saying that " the current focus of most activities and interventions at secondary school is likely to be too little too late" (See ASPIRES Implications and messages for Policy and Practice).
The key audiences for this national programme are:
School students aged 7-16 in formal curriculum-linked activities and their teachers
Young people aged 7-13 learning about the physical sciences in informal contexts with their families (building family science capital)
Specific target groups who are underrepresented in STEM in a variety of ways, for example: Girls and young women, students in schools that are underperforming (disadvantaged students, challenged schools), female scientists, technicians and engineers acting as role models
Numbers of participants you commit to engage
We have committed to engaging 150,000 people over two years across the ten new (Phase 2) centres and the ten existing science centres in the Explore Your Universe network.
To reach these numbers we would expect each new organisation to deliver activities to 7,500 people over 12 months and have included some suggestions below on how this might be achieved. Greater reach is looked upon favourably.
If you would like to apply but are unsure about reaching these numbers, please call us for advice.
Schools workshops: 900 students
e.g.: 12 masterclasses for 14-16 year olds with 25 students in each (=300 students)
e.g.: 20 schools workshops for 10-13 year olds with 30 students in each class (=600 students)
Family Shows and other activities: 4,600 children and adults
Run the family show over the Easter holidays (16 days) and a half term (nine days) = 25 days. (35 people per show, 3 times each day x 25 days = 2625 people)
Run the show with 70 people once a day for 4 weeks of the summer holiday (=1680 people) and take the show to a science festival and run variations of it seven times with 50 people (=350 people) totalling 2030 people
Have a space-themed or physics-themed special season, running the show for families at weekends for three months (35 people per show, three times each day on Saturday and Sunday, x 13 weeks = 2730 people)
Meet the expert events: 2000 people
As part of an 'Explore your Universe' special season, you could invite scientists from your local university, or ask researchers and engineers from the project to meet your visitors using the project's amazing equipment as a talking point. If two scientists are talking to visitors on a busy floor from 10am -4pm, and each talks to a family of four for ten minutes, whilst another four people look on and listens, they will engage 96 people per hour. Across six hours they will have interacted with 576 people. Running two days of events over the holidays will reach 1,152 people.
Examples of other ways you could reach large audiences are through:
Regional and national STEM fairs
Special events at community centres
Badged group jamborees
TOTAL: 7,500 people overall, with around 2000 meeting an expert
In return for the training and support that this project offers we simply ask that you provide some very basic information as part of reporting, detailed below.
We will collect data twice on:
The numbers of schools students you have engaged, and their ages/ school class
the numbers of people at the family events and the types of activities you are delivering
Ideally a sample showing the male / female split
Where possible we would like to collect some basic evaluation data. This will be based on simple quantitative questionnaire-style questions that will be provided to you to include as part of your existing evaluation activities. We will cover evaluation in the training academy.
These will be collected twice a year (the first deadline 30 April November 2015) via email. Additionally in 20 January 2015 the project manager will contact you to get a summary of your plans and activities.