Bursary scheme targets under-represented pupils

Eligible primary schools can apply for the bursary of £550.00, rising to £750 for secondary schools, to work with
Neon, a website that helps teachers introduce students to STEM careers options and explore engineering through activities, including designing a wind farm in VR, with case studies and resources for related careers (pictured).

There is a second bursary of £500 available for secondary schools to encourage pupils to engage in a STEM-themed activity via Big Bang at School Blueprint. Challenges such as building earthquake-proof buildings are designed to encourage team building and leadership as well as STEM skills and there are also practical experiences, such as AI workshops.

The Susi Farnworth, head of EDI (equity, diversity and inclusion) at EngineeringUK, said that funding can be a challenge for some schools and lack of it can restrict access to STEM inspiration activities. “We’re delighted to be able to offer our STEM bursaries again this year and look forward to seeing more young people from all backgrounds enjoying exciting STEM experiences and hope this will help to inspire a diverse future generation of scientists, engineers, and technologists.”

Recent research by EngineeringUK and the Royal Society found only 16% of girls are considering a career in engineering. switching off from science with just 16% thinking an engineering career was suitable for them and practical hands-on lessons in decline. EngineeringUK is particularly keen for girls and other young people from groups under-represented in engineering, which include SEND students and those from UK minority ethnic backgrounds and those on free school meals, to participate.
It is encouraged that schools ensure all students are encouraged to participate, not just those already interested in engineering and tech or other STEM careers.

Primary and secondary schools are encouraged to check their eligibility and apply at: www.stemfundingforschools.org.uk
The deadline for applications for the Neon and Big Bang at School bursary scheme is 31 July 2024.


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