Here are some great ideas for funding your STEM Club
You Invent helps schools acquire innovative technologies at no overall cost, giving students the opportunity to prepare for fulfilling careers in creative industries http://youinvent.co They have a package which effectively supports the school to purchase a 3D printer with suitable training, activities, equipment and resources through a crowd funding route.
- Science Learning Network ENTHUSE Partnership Awards. £12,000 is available for groups of between four and eight primary schools wishing to work together to address local issues of underachievement in STEM subjects. The ENTHUSE Partnership award aims to support collaborative activities over two years to develop and strengthen local partnerships which can subsequently continue independently. Applications will open again in April 2016 for a September 2016 intake.
Did you know that the London Mathematics Society (LMS) provides opportunities for schools/ teachers to bid for grants of up to £400 to support teachers with maths specific CPD? There are certain conditions that need to be met and application deadlines for grants are 31 August, 30 November, 31 January and 30 April each year. These grants are available for all teachers.
The Science and Technology Facilities Council (formerly PPARC and CCLRC), the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Institute of Physics run a school grants scheme designed specifically for schools and colleges. The scheme provides schools with grants of up to £500 for projects or events linked to the teaching or promotion of physics or engineering. The deadline for projects taking place during the spring term 2017 is 1st November 2016. There will be further deadlines throughout the year for subsequent terms.
- The Royal Society of Chemistry offers grants of up to £1,000 for small educational projects in schools and colleges, with the aim of enhancing the learning (and teaching) experience in relation to chemistry. Visit their website for more information.
Royal Statistical Society - free membership to teachers. Teachers can access various benefits, including access to resources, lectures and career materials, as well as the normal benefits available to statisticians who are members (events, sharing good practice, publications, getting involved in research etc). More details on their website.
- The Royal Society of Biology - funding for Gopher Science Labs. Gopher Science Lab supports students’ transition from primary to secondary school with peer to peer learning across age groups. Secondary students learn how to deliver the range of Gopher Science Lab hands-on science activities to primary pupils. During this process the secondary students develop their skills in communication, innovation and increase their self-confidence. Later the primary pupils who attended a Gopher Science Lab day are encouraged to deliver their own training to pupils in their class or from younger year groups. This gives all participating students ownership of their learning and helps them gain confidence. Grants are now available to enable UK schools to run a Gopher Science Lab event in their school. The closing date for applications is 31st March 2016.