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. Since it’s formation in 2005, the scheme to date has reached over 100,000 children. We have a working partnership with STEM Team East, part of the nationwide government-backed STEMNET 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 include our mini production process (learn how medicines are made), as well as asthma, arthritis and pain.
Tour of 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.
A whole day of hands-on science fun delivered on site at Napp, taking Year 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).
"All of the Ambassadors are very friendly, helpful and are able to teach children of all abilities. Ensuring that the less able are supported and the more able extended. Sessions are always suggested that cater for the needs of both the children and staff, linking them as much as possible to the topics that we cover in science here at school."
Mrs S, Science Subject Leader
"Dear Jo and your team of amazing Science Ambassadors. I am writing to say thank you so much for planning the amazing day at Napp, as part of the Cambridge Science Festival. I found the whole day an excellent experience and it made science seem alive!"
Hannah, Year 6 student
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