The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC), in partnership with the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), is delighted to announce the launch of Phase 4 of Explore Your Universe.
Over the 2 ½ year programme, our mission is to identify the practices that successfully build sustainable partnerships between science centres and community-based organisations, in order to truly involve families in areas of socio-economic deprivation and encourage equitable participation with communities who may not currently engage with our science centres.
Building on this learning and success, Phase 4 now brings a specific focus to the evidenced methodologies that successfully build interest, value, curiosity and confidence in the physical sciences for children aged 8 – 14 and their families, working with the same group of children on multiple occasions to support family science capital.
This programme will be directed and project managed by The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres who have considerable experience managing national strategic multi-partner science engagement programmes. Scientific content, evaluation and expertise that informs this programme, also comes from our partnerships with STFC, science centres, community partners and external specialists that make up our management board, advisory panel and sector-leading consultants. This programme is delivered through the generous financial support of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).
The Programme Vision and Mission
The Vision: To engage, inspire and involve families with school-age children across the UK with the amazing stories, science and people of STFC’s world-leading research, specifically focussing on what successfully builds interest, confidence and supports science capital with children and families in the 40% most deprived regions of the UK.
The Mission: To deliver an inspirational and exciting national hands-on science programme in partnerships between Science Centres and community-based organisations, through multiple interactions, using a range of participatory methodologies, and to evaluate the impact of various methodologies to produce clear guidance on what works and what needs to change to truly involve families in the 40% most socioeconomically deprived areas of the UK.
Applications to participate are now open!
We are seeking 8 Science and Discovery Centres and Museums, across the UK to partner with us for this exciting and ground-breaking continuation of one of the UK’s largest and most successful National STEM engagement programmes.
The deadline for applications is 11pm on Monday 25th February 2019
Explore Your Universe Phase 4 is open to all Science Centres and Museums that have taken part in Phases 1, 2 or 3 of the Explore Your Universe programme. Participating centres must be current ASDC members and continue their membership throughout the programme duration.
Between 28th January and the bidders
conference call on 12th February, a small selection of mini case
studies will be uploaded to the Case Studies (Current Practices) page. These are summaries of programmes that
illustrate flexible approaches, multiple-interventions, family engagement or
co-created content taking place across the UK currently. They may provide
insight or inspiration into the direction of the engagements for an initial
proposal. If you would like to share your own stories on this case studies
page, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on this programme, please contact ASDC:
STFC is part of UK Research and Innovation, a national funding agency investing in science and research in the UK funded by the UK government. ASDC thank STFC for having the vision to fund Explore Your Universe which we believe has made a step change to the quality and reach of hands-on engagement with the latest physics and engineering in the UK. For more information visit the STFC website.