Welsh Government National Science Academy Grant Scheme supports our educational activities
The Welsh Government National Science Academy Grant Scheme (NSAGS) support the Welsh activities of our national Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) outreach programme for the year 2013-2014 with a donation of £33,500.
The SIAS program provides A-level students with demonstrations and access to spectrometers and analytical equipment.
We have been running the Spectroscopy in a Suitcase (SIAS) outreach programme for 4 years and following previous NSAGS funding, have an established programme in Wales, based at universities in Bangor, Cardiff and Aberystwyth. Now with additional funding from the Welsh Government, we will continue our activities in these locations throughout the remainder of 2014.
The aim of our partnership is to increase the number of Welsh pupils studying chemistry at university and electing to follow a science-based career. In line with our current outreach strategy, we also want to ensure wider participation of students from areas of low engagement with chemistry.
The SIAS program will ensure that all interested schools within the catchment areas are reached efficiently and effectively via two standard modes of event delivery:
- Trained university staffs who take equipment into schools to deliver events to students
- Teachers that are trained to use the equipment by university staff and are loaned equipment from the university
The programme will enhance students’ contextual understanding of school curriculum by hands- on experience of analytical equipment that they wouldn’t normally have access to in order to inspire them to continue to study chemistry.