Published On: 23rd February, 2024

Dynamic Earth are really excited to be 1 of 12 science and discovery centres throughout the UK working on a new programme of work exploring the theme of inclusion across science learning. With thanks to the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres and with funding from the Science and Technologies Facilities Council, we’ll be supporting the development of new ways of understanding the impact of science centres assumptions of the developing Logic Model.

Over the next 3 months Dynamic Earth will be working with our community partners at The BIG Project to explore the themes of ‘Future Selves’, ‘Relevance’ and ‘Skills’ across informal science learning through STFC science themes. Established in 2002, The BIG Project is a trusted and much valued community-based Youth Project supporting children and young people aged 5-18 years, living in the Broomhouse area of Edinburgh to learn, achieve, have fun, and feel good about themselves.

Colin Holligan from The Big Project said – “All of us at The BIG Project are very excited at the prospect of Partnering with Dynamic Earth, and can’t wait to ignite the passions for STEM in our young people!”

Dynamic Earth worked previously with The Big Project in February 2023 on a series of workshops as part of our Discover the Deep project, followed by another series of workshops in September 2023 on space science and exploration.  Dynamic Earth are exceptionally excited to continue developing our relationship with The Big Project. Through the Explore Your Universe: Valuing Inclusion programme Dynamic Earth will continue to explore the themes of space and technology with a series activities and experiences exploring the latest topical and timely space science including virtual technology and portable planetarium shows

Lawrence Murphy – Community Learning and Engagement Officer at Dynamic Earth said – “It’s fantastic to be awarded this grant to continue developing our partnership with The Big Project and our approach in working with communities to ensure their science centre is the most relevant and welcoming place possible. It’s wonderful to develop a programme that will help all parties understand more about how equity and inclusion are key to unlocking more diverse participation in STEM.”

Explore Your Universe Valuing Inclusion is a national STEM project run by the Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC), funded by the Science Technology Facilities Council (STFC) part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).