The Royal Institution has vowed to increase its education outreach by offering science shows to schoolchildren across the UK and doubling its STEM education grants.
The science research organisation plans to deliver 250 science shows in primary and secondary schools over the next year, a quarter of which will be free for schools in under-privileged communities.
The evening demonstration shows are open to children and their parents, and aim to encourage support for science outside the school environment. They will be accompanied by Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions for teachers.
The Royal Institution also plans to increase its annual STEM education grants from 50 to 90. These provide services from the STEM Directory database and are aimed at schools in under-served communities. The increase in grants will be funded by a charitable donation from LG Harris Trust.
Director of Science and Education at the Royal Institution, Prof. Gail Cardew, said: “We know that cash-strapped schools can struggle to offer more than the basic science curriculum, and that there is often a lack of support for science in the home. If we want to encourage not only the scientists of tomorrow, but also active citizens who feel confident about the place of science in their lives, then we believe that lifelong journey starts best with children.”
Applications for the STEM education grants can be made via the Royal Institution website and close on 19 October. Schools awarded a grant will then be eligible for one of the 75 free science shows.