Science Oxford is the public-facing brand of The Oxford Trust, a charity founded by local entrepreneurs the late Sir Martin and Lady Audrey Wood to encourage the pursuit of science. The Trust is proud that the income from its innovation centres is reinvested into Science Oxford’s education and public engagement programmes, which aim to cultivate a positive attitude to science and lay the foundations of science learning.
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 43,000 pupils in primary and secondary schools, support 350 teachers through CPD training and inspire over 13,000 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 school 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 STEM Careers programme is designed to create opportunities for secondary school students to gain the knowledge and skills that could springboard them into a STEM career. We do this by running a wide range of activities for all ages including STEM Insight Weeks, STEM Summer Experiences, Career Days and Skills Workshops.
Science Oxford’s public engagement programme includes regular STEM Clubs and Family Days every Saturdays at the Centre, with special events during the school holidays. We also run outreach workshops around Oxfordshire including Saturday STEM clubs in Abingdon, free Oxfordshire library tours and activities in partnership with regional cultural and community organisations.