Almac Group has partnered with STEAM Education Limited to give Primary 7 children across Northern Ireland access to “Science in a Box”, a fun and engaging curriculum-linked science programme.
Almac is distributing 24 of these boxes, valued at £500 each to 12 schools in 2022 and will continue the initiative each year covering different primary schools. Almac hopes that 50 schools and approximately 3,000 children will participate in the programme over the next 3 years.
This new initiative is part of Almac’s mission to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and technologists by helping children to learn vital science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM) skills, sparking their natural curiosity about the world around them.
Dr Frances Weldon, STEM Outreach Manager for Almac Group said: “We are excited to launch this new initiative to deliver fun, interactive Biology-based programmes to P7 classes and support teachers in the delivery of the World Around Us curriculum. Over the course of five lessons, the children will learn about the building blocks of life, the human body and how it works.
“As well as increasing their scientific knowledge, this programme will also help to develop creativity, communication and critical-thinking skills. At Almac, we want to help children understand that STEAM can be fun and that there are so many diverse and fulfilling careers available to them, right here in Northern Ireland.”
Each of the schools will receive a Science-in-a-Box programme, along with a training webinar, resources and support from staff at Almac and STEAM Education Ltd.
STEAM Education Limited, the Cork-based company who supply the Science-in-a-Box programmes devised “Science in a Box” to teach a fun and engaging science program to children in primary school with new innovative materials.
Alice D’Arcy, Managing Director, STEAM Education Ltd said: “Supporting enhanced science education at primary level is critical to developing better career pathways for children in the STEAM sector. We are delighted to be working with Almac to support children to reach their potential, to enhance their awareness of amazing opportunities for STEM careers in the region, and most importantly to love learning science!”