Curiosity in Action

How can creative, participatory STEM activities support youth and community work to enhance young people’s confidence, resilience and wellbeing? Applications for youth groups are now open!

Curiosity In Action is a two-year programme building an evidence-base, capacity and network in Scotland to explore the impact of STEM in youth work funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

This will include pairing 10 youth groups across Scotland with researchers involved in STFC research – including astronomy, space science and physics – in a collaborative action research process. Together they will trial activities, explore approaches to discover what work well and understand the impact this work has on young people. They’ll be looking for a diverse range of youth groups including youth workers who have not yet tried STEM activities as part of their activities as well as those who have and providing a small grant to support involvement.

This learning will shape a series of free training opportunities and resources developed for community learning and development practitioners, researchers and science educators. They will also be collectively working on publishing the findings from this work with the youth workers and researchers involved.

The programme is facilitated by Science Ceilidh in partnership with YouthLink Scotland, along with partners including The Royal Observatory, Edinburgh and researchers at the University of Edinburgh and Glasgow.

An information session is being held on Wednesday 14th June at 11am, as part of a wider Community of Practice to meet the wider network. You can sign up for this here.

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Apply by 5pm on 30th June