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British Science Association boost for Cambridge schools after Mewburn Ellis donation

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STEM subjects are all about getting practical about science
STEM subjects are all about getting practical about science

The British Science Association (BSA) and Mewburn Ellis have come together to provide free resources for students in Cambridge.

Mewburn Ellis, a leading Europe-wide intellectual property company with offices in Milton, has donated £40,000 to the BSA to support schools in Bristol, London and Manchester, as well as Cambridge, serving disadvantaged students with free CREST Award help.

Two Cambridge schools will have their coffers and morale boosted as a result – Trumpington Meadows Primary School and Martin Bacon Academy in Longstanton.

The scheme, run by the BSA, inspires young people to think and behave like scientists and engineers, reaching those typically underrepresented in STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths – from poorer socio-economic and ethnic minority backgrounds.

CREST Awards are mapped against the national science curriculum and give students the chance to get stuck into fun and practical science-based activities while developing their independent thinking and problem-solving skills. The awards are flexible, accessible and related to real-world problems and they are as easy to run at home as they are at school, helping students to build their scientific understanding and enthusiasm in and out of the classroom.

This is particularly relevant at such a difficult time for schools. With the pandemic giving rise to remote learning and the cancellation of many examinations this year, the CREST programme is a versatile solution that offers students the chance to learn about science on their own terms. The awards-based structure gives students something to work towards and, at a higher level, an achievement that can boost UCAS applications.

Maria Rossini, head of education at the British Science Association
Maria Rossini, head of education at the British Science Association

Maria Rossini, head of education at the British Science Association, said: “The announcement of our new partnership with Mewburn Ellis marks the beginning of a bright and exciting 2021 for the BSA. The donation will help hundreds of students and is only the start of what we are looking to achieve this year to support young people to get involved in science.

“It is also excellent news that Mewburn Ellis will be one of the BSA’s partners for British Science Week in March. The ten-day celebration of all things science, technology engineering and maths is instrumental in the work we do to help support young people to get into science and we are delighted to have another committed partner onboard.”

Richard Clegg, managing partner of Mewburn Ellis, said: “We’re immensely proud to be working with the BSA. Our vision is to enable more young people to get into science no matter what their background or circumstances. As a firm we now have a strong focus on diversity and inclusion, but key to a really diverse IP industry will be for a broader range of candidates to come into the jobs market. This has to start with schools and providing greater opportunities and we want to invest in making this a reality.”

In addition to free CREST Awards, Mewburn Ellis will provide up to 40 schools serving disadvantaged students in the four cities an additional £100 to spend on equipment and resources. The goal is to offer 1,000 additional students of all ages the opportunity to complete CREST Awards, for free, over the next six months.

Mewburn Ellis has also been confirmed as one of the BSA’s partners for British Science Week 2021, the theme of which, ‘Innovating for the future’, reflects the company’s desire to increase diversity and inclusion in STEM.

Click here for more information and to register your school’s interest in receiving the free CREST Awards.

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