Science Oxford’s education and engagement programmes have been developed to inspire young people about STEM. We show that science can be cool, can lead to an amazing career and can change lives. Annually we reach over 20,000 pupils in primary and secondary schools, support 250 teachers through CPD training and inspire 10,000 people through our public engagement programme.
We run the Science Oxford Centre in Headington – the UK’s first indoor-outdoor hands-on education centre for early years and primary-aged children. It is open to schools during the week and every Saturday for families to enjoy.
Our primary schools programme not only includes visits to our Centre but we also run STEM-focused workshops and shows in schools across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, CPD training for teachers, a science kit loan service and the annual Big Science Event.
Our secondary school programme is focused on STEM Careers. We partner with science and tech businesses in the region, such as Abbot Diabetes Care and Diamond Light Source, to offer work experience, career days and insight weeks, which include virtual tours and skills training. Our aim is to create opportunities for secondary school students to gain the information, knowledge and skills that could springboard them into a STEM career.
Science Oxford’s public engagement programme includes STEM-themed Saturday Clubs, coding activities and Family Days on Saturdays at the Centre, with special events during the school holidays. We also run outreach workshops, shows and activities around Oxfordshire including Saturday Science Clubs in Abingdon, free Oxfordshire library tours and activities in partnership with regional cultural and community organisations.
Science Oxford is part of The Oxford Trust, a charity founded by local entrepreneurs Sir Martin and Lady Audrey Wood to encourage the pursuit of science and enterprise.