Each delivery partner received a grant for £3,000 to deliver specific programmes
that increase STEM engagement and inspire people remote from STEM, including school children
and communities high on the indices of multiple deprivation. .
Science centres could apply for funding for the following 4
1. Bursary Schemes to enable schoolchildren from
disadvantaged areas (remote from STEM) to take part in Explore Your Universe curriculum-linked
a) Bursary Schemes for school children in disadvantaged
areas of the UK, administered by the science centre, where the funding enables a student from a
disadvantaged area to take part in an Explore Your Universe curriculum-linked workshop and
to visit the science centre. Each bursary for a student would be around £2.50 - £4
depending on the science centre, meaning that for £3000 could pay for up to 1200 school
students to take part.
b) Travel Bursaries given to schools from deprived areas,
particularly rural areas across Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, to enable those
schools to pay for a coach to bring the school students to the science centres to take part in
an Explore Your Universe curriculum-linked workshop. Each bursary for a coach
carrying 52 students would be for around £100. £3,000 would enable around 1560 students to get
to the science centre.
Science Centres will be asked to use the indices of
deprivation (for each nation) and ask each school for their postcode to plot who has attended.
2. Teacher Training on Explore Your Universe activities
Science Centres can run Teacher CPD programmes, to inspire
primary school teachers especially, to run excellent and cutting-edge school science practical
activities and lessons. Science Centres with proven expertise in running teacher CPD
are able to apply for funding to run a series of CPD training sessions for teachers in their areas,
using methods they have evidence will attract teachers in their local area. This would include working
with schools and local authorities that they already have relationships with to maximise the impact
of the grant. The goal is that all the Explore Your Universe curriculum-linked activities can then
be repeated with school children year after year, celebrating STFC and UK science in schools
across the whole region. The teachers that are targeted through this programme would be from secondary and
primary schools in the top 20% on the indices of multiple deprivation.
3. Outreach Programme for Explore Your Universe
Science centres can run Explore Your Universe
curriculum-linked workshops and activities through outreach, taking the equipment, knowledge and great science
activities directly into schools. We invite science centres to propose an outreach programme
and tell us how it would maximise the value for money by playing to your strengths using
pre-existing infrastructure. In general we would estimate that for £3,000, you could reach 1200 children who
don't usually engage with this science and are from a very deprived or remote area of the UK.
4. Inspiring Careers in Physics and Engineering
Science centres can apply to use the funding to run science
careers events aimed at children from disadvantaged backgrounds. This might be whilst they are
still at primary school, or in secondary schools. Some careers days might be focussed on inspiring
girls with the physical sciences as evaluation shows that girls loved this programme of physics
and engineering activities. We are not advocating for girls-only events, rather programmes and
events that highlight the range of ways into STEM careers for people from all backgrounds, both female