Targeted at families with children aged 8-11 from schools in the area local to Woodhorn Museum, the project specifically seeks to engage with families and carers from the 40% most socio-economically deprived areas of the UK.
The STEM Communities project is dynamic, multi-disciplinary, and most importantly, driven by the community it serves. Our workshops are designed to resonate with the lived experiences of the participants, forging a compelling blend of STFC science and technology and local heritage. While the family unit is at the heart of our approach, the project extends its reach to the wider community, encouraging participation, fostering curiosity, and facilitating deeper exploration into STEM topics.
Engaging Local Schools
STEM Communities begins in schools in the Southeast Northumberland area, local to Woodhorn Museum. We understand that schools play a pivotal role not only in the dissemination of knowledge but also in fostering a sense of community. Working with children aged 8-11 and their families in school settings, this project aims to inspire young minds within school, encouraging their families to take part and become members of a STEM Community. Our workshops are tailored to align with the curriculum, ensuring that the knowledge imparted enhances classroom teaching.
Our project will be delivered in four stages with the first two stages covering the breadth of STFC science and technology supported by STFC scientists and happening within local schools. Key topics in local heritage will also be covered. The initial stages will provide a solid foundation for further exploration in stages 3 and 4 which take place at Woodhorn Museum. Here, we will pay close attention to the communities’ emerging interests and provide the necessary facilitation and tools to support these interests rather than pre-define them.
A unique aspect of STEM Communities is the autonomy of the community group itself. The project aims to empower the community group to make their own decisions, pursuing their interests and exploring the aspects of science and heritage that fascinate them the most. While our project partners are on hand to provide support and resources, the community group will own the project activities and dictate the direction of exploration.