Participating Project

Project information

Street Science

We deliver exciting hands-on experiences in science education for children, young people, their schools and their families.

Street Science is our innovative new programme to target disengaged, disadvantaged and underserved audiences and help them discover science's exciting possibilities.

January 2018 - December 2019

Charity information: Cambridge Science Centre

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  • Need

    Need

    Not enough children and young people enjoy STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects and careers. This is important, especially for disadvantaged and underserved children, young people, their families and their communities locally, regionally and nationally.

    This is because STEM, and STEM related industries are increasingly important to their lives. The growth of STEM and related industries has created a range of educational and employment opportunities for these children.

    Solution

    Street Science is an important part of the solution to this challenge locally. It targets local schools and communities near out Cambridge centre to reach children and families who might not typically visit a science centre.

    By taking our exciting, innovative activities to new audiences, we inspire children (typically aged 7 to 12) and their families with STEM. This helps to build their interest in STEM and their understanding of why STEM subjects are well worth continuing with in school.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To engage disadvantaged and underserved children and young people with STEM.

    Activities

    » Through Street Science we will visit every local school (in Cambridge or a five mile radius) where over 10% of children receive free school meals.

    We will demonstrate the success of this aim through our use of feedback cards and anecdotal feedback from teachers and families.


    Aim 2

    To engage parents with their children's learning about STEM.

    Activities

    » We will deliver activities in unconventional locations , such as supermarkets, to reach families who would not typically visit our centre.

    We will demonstrate parents increased engagement with STEM through the feedback that we gather at each of our community events.


    Aim 3

    To support teachers with inspiring interactive STEM activities.

    Activities

    » We will deliver free visits to local schools to deliver our interactive shows to help expand the STEM provision for children at these schools.

    We will collect written feedback from teachers in the schools that we work with to monitor how much easier this is as a way of delivering hands-on STEM.


  • Impact

    Impact

    We aim to help to transform attitudes to STEM education and careers. Over time, we want to help more children and young people to pursue STEM subjects in schools, with a view to creating a more diverse STEM workforce.

    To demonstrate the transformation in attitudes, we will survey our visitors to understand what they knew about STEM before attending our event and what they knew afterwards.

    Risk

    Risk: Not enough schools accept free visits.
    Mitigation: We will start the programme with disadvantaged schools that we already have close links to, then build new relationships.

    Risk: Community attendances are poor.
    Mitigation: We will target high footfall areas where we can reach target audiences with free events and activities.

    Risk: we do not reach disengaged audiences.
    Mitigation: We will work in schools and communities which meet our criteria (e.g % of pupils on free school meals).

    Reporting

    Reporting will be both quantitative and qualitative, with updates included in our regular public newsletters.

    We will ensure that we track the numbers of people attending each Street Science event and see if attending one encourages them to develop their understanding of STEM further.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,000 School visits Conducting 24 visits to local schools
      £3,000 Community events Conducting 12 monthly community events
      £500 Management costs Costs for managing these visits
      £500 Marketing Costs of promoting community events
  • Background

    Location

    Our project will be delivered in Cambridge and communities within five miles of the city.

    A Centre for Cities report (2017) identified the city as the most unequal in the UK. Over 30% of children in Cambridgeshire attend schools above the national average for free school meals.

    Giving these communities a pathway to the thriving local STEM economy is essential. We are the only year-round provider working to inspire disadvantaged children and young people from across the region.

    Beneficiaries

    We will target our activities to ensure those most in need benefit from them. This will include:
    1. Schools where more than 10% of the children are entitled to free school meals

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    As the only charity offering year-round hands-on STEM activities in the East of England, we are uniquely well placed to work with disengaged, disadvantaged and underserved local communities.

    Since we first piloted our work in 2012, we have built strong links with local communities. This programme will help us to build on these, providing sustainable benefits to those who need them most.

    We have also developed strategies and plans to best engage these audiences in ways they find relevant.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Sarah James

    Sarah is our Head of Delivery and will oversee the activities we deliver, as well as managing partnerships with schools and communities we work in.

    Lisa-Marie Cahill

    Lisa manages our marketing activity and she will design and deliver the promotional materials for schools and community events.

    Rachael Inglis

    Rachael leads our evaluation and will work on this project to ensure that it is reaching the right audiences and inspiring them with STEM.