Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM) subjects are increasingly important in our everyday lives. Not only because we need more scientists in the future, but also because we all need to be able to make informed choices about complex subjects, including health, use of technology, our impact on the environment and the ethics of scientific research.
STEMM education teaches children more than just the basics of science, it creates opportunities to experiment, ask questions and work together. It is all our responsibilities to contribute to the education of the next generation, and with that in mind, we set up the Science Ambassador scheme.
The Scheme provides free, exciting, hands-on science activities for local primary and secondary schools, and colleges within a 20 mile radius of our Cambridge head office. Formed in 2005, the scheme reaches over 10,000 young people each year. We have a working partnership with ConnectEB, part of the nationwide government-backed STEM Ambassadors initiative.
Anyone from the Napp Group and its independently associated companies based on the Cambridge science park campus can become a voluntary Science Ambassador, the only requirement is passion and enthusiasm to excite young people about science. Each Ambassador is granted 5 days’ paid leave to undertake activities with students, and we offer:
Science activities delivered in schools and colleges
All our activities have been designed with the new school curriculum in mind. We link our activities to the pharmaceutical industry where appropriate and tailor each to enhance learning goals at the various key stages. Activities range from exploring the digestive system to dissecting brains, from finding out about our skeleton to making natural pH indicators.
Sixth form groups can tour our laboratories and factory, and talk to employees from different areas of the business, offering an insight into how medicines are developed and created.
Careers support and mentoring
We offer careers support, advice and guidance, including attending careers fair and giving talks, discussing the range of careers that are available in the pharmaceutical industry. We work closely with both The Skills Service and Form The Future in planning these events.
A whole day of hands-on science fun delivered on site in our Science Park buildings, taking Year 5 or 6 students through the entire life of a medicine, from research, through production to treating disease.
We also take great pride in our partnerships and involvement with local STEMM subject festivals around Cambridge, including Big Biology Day, The Cambridge Science festival and The Fun Lab at The Big Weekend.
If you’re interested in booking any of the above activities, or want to find out more, please email our Science Ambassador Scheme Coordinator, Lisa Taylor (firstname.lastname@example.org).
"I have seen many agencies come into school over the past 25 years and this is by far the best. It was very practical and very engaging. A difficult topic was taught in a very interactive way. The children will not forget this!"
Year 4 Teacher
"The fact that school did not have to provide anything made it really easy for all of the teachers which was greatly appreciated, plus we knew that all of the resources were suitable for the activities. It was very hands on for the children, pitched at the correct level."
Year 5 Teacher
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