Watch our video for an introduction to Science Starz:
Who we are:
Science Starz CIC is an award-winning mobile science lab that delivers hands-on, fun, interactive science programmes in primary schools, community groups, youth clubs, at corporate events and more in order to ignite an interest in STEM from an early age and to increase access into the STEM sector.
Developed by teachers, Science Starz has been delivering programmes for over 5 years so we know how to engage children in STEM and ignite an interest in STEM topics.
Science Starz also creates outreach programmes for STEM industries for delivery in primary schools, matching desired employee skills, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Goals and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to bridge the gap between the STEM industry and the education sector.
Why we do it:
The sustainability of the STEM sector depends on an appetite for STEM subjects and careers and the development of skills.
48% of firms say that they struggle to engage with schools because there is not enough guidance or support on how to make encounters worthwhile for young people.
Our programmes offer employers a simple way to make a positive difference to the lives of young people in their local communities while future proofing their company.
Science Starz understands the significance of engaging with children as early as possible and making that connection between learning STEM and the world of work in a fun and engaging way to ignite an interest from an early age. Research shows that career choices stem from childhood experiences.
Why is this important?
Latest ETA inspections highlight World Around Us, Auditory & Visual Learning as areas for improvement.
Latest CBI (Confederation of British Industry) Education & Skills Survey reveals concerning trends for the Northern Irish economy:
65% experiencing/anticipating difficulty recruiting individuals for apprenticeships.
76% not confident there will be sufficient people available in the future to fill high-skilled roles.
An already acute skills shortage in Northern Ireland is set to be further exacerbated.
Employers view the promotion of STEM subjects & awareness of their career options as top priority areas for action. Most career choices STEM from childhood experiences. Introducing STEM in secondary school is too late for most young people. Igniting an interest from an early age is key to fostering a life-long interest in STEM subjects.
Children today should grow up in a society that encourages, stimulates and allows them to grow as young learners. At Science Starz we appreciate that every child is different and every child deserves the opportunity to embrace their talents and develop their horizons.
We at Science Starz seek to offer an environment that not only encourages inquisitive minds to grow, but we also endeavour to encourage these young scientists and engineers to question what they know and get answers for questions that they don’t yet know. We develop these young minds in a safe, diverse and inclusive environment, therefore offering an atmosphere that not only encourages learners of all abilities, but also appreciates and welcomes the diversity in all young budding scientists.
Science Starz Social Impact statistics as of 23 May 2021:
Supporting women into employment: 30 women
Supporting students into employment: 25 students through work experience (mostly females)
School outreach: Over 75 schools in Northern Ireland
STEM Kits delivered over lockdown: Approx 1,900
Workshops: Over 1,400 workshops = approx 28,000 children