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Connecting with STEM Clubs

STEM Clubs

We have a long history of working collaboratively with our neighbouring schools, providing exciting STEM Clubs for local primary school children. As well as our own creations we have teamed up with partners offering Holiday Clubs in our local communities, to extend their offering to include STEM activities.

In 2019, a team of STEM professional service staff from the Centre for Regenerative Medicine, together with technicians and students, created a half-term STEM club at our local community centre, The White House Café.

We are currently delivering term time online STEM Clubs in partnership with our local primary schools.


COVID-19 Response

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Edinburgh BioQuarter teamed up with the University of Edinburgh King’s Buildings campus to support our local families and schools during this difficult time.

During the summer of 2019, we collaborated to bring 1,350 STEM activity boxes to the families of six of our neighbouring primary schools after raising a phenomenal £20,000.

We are now working together to provide online STEM clubs to children at local primary schools: Castleview, Niddrie Mill, St Francis, Prestonfield, Gilmerton, St John Vianney and Craigdour Park.

Read More about STEM Boxes

Online STEM Clubs

What's Involved

The aim of the STEM clubs is to involve our local young people in engaging STEM activities, to build confidence and awareness of STEM.

By involving STEM professionals and students, we will open children’s eyes to STEM related careers, demonstrating that STEM is relevant to their lives and that people like them ‘can do science’.

The clubs comprise of x8 weekly hour-long virtual sessions. Each session revolves around a fun hands-on STEM activity that the children will do using materials we provide beforehand.

Volunteer STEM professionals from across the BioQuarter campus help to run each session, taking the children step by step through the weekly activity and answering their science questions.

The activities will all contribute to children receiving a CREST Award at the end of term.

Get Involved

Recruitment for STEM Club volunteers for the Autumn 2020 programme has now closed.

We may look to deliver an additional series of weekly sessions in Spring/Summer 2021. Please continue to check this page for further information.

We are particularly looking for young STEM professionals (or those in the making) to connect with the young people – PhD students, technicians, STEM professional services, various roles in STEM business or healthcare – representing a diverse range of careers, backgrounds, gender, ethnicity to bring alive the message that they can do STEM.

Contact

If you would like to discuss ways you may be able to support the Edinburgh BioQuarter Community Engagement Project, please contact Dr Cathy Southworth or Ellie Roger.


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