Science from the Start has been running since March 2014, on a voluntary and part-funded basis.
Many individuals have given their time and support to help with this, including: Lancaster District Libraries staff, especially Sarah Rogan, Anna Haywood, Kurimun Ismail Essa, Lucy Belanger and Di Baxter who was instrumental in getting public events into Lancashire libraries, Graeme Hobbs who redesigned the Science from the Start logo, Jo Heaton of Ideas Create Action and Kerry Ollerenshaw of Cotton On who have run joint events with me, generous individuals at Lancaster University who donated materials and resources, all those who filled in an initial data-gathering survey or have offered other information and advice, and my son, who has endless toddler energy and enthusiasm and lets me know which activities he likes most. Thank you, very much, to all of you.
In addition, support from the following organisations is gratefully acknowledged:
Lancashire County Council has provided hosting venues, materials, marketing and support for public events in North Lancashire.
The Royal Society of Chemistry supported public events held in Autumn 2014 through their Outreach Fund Small Grants scheme – this was fundamental in developing the project. They are currently supporting delivery of ‘Play Dough’, ‘Messy Play’ and ‘Creative Science’ workshops throughout 2016 through a second grant from the Outreach Fund.
The British Society for the History of Science have provided funding to cover the cost of printing a poster about science, technology and medicine in World War I and providing accompanying hands-on learning activities.
The British Pharmacological Society have provided funding to cover the costs of printing and presenting a set of posters about the contents of medicines cupboards (their story and how to keep them safe).
The British Science Association awarded a Community Grant for British Science Week 2016 which enabled Science from the Start and Cotton On to run a project called Anatomy Knits. This engaged people with learning about anatomy through knitting, and left lasting resources at the Neuro Drop In Centre in Lancaster.
Lancaster University Faculty of Science and Technology, Lancaster Babylab and the National STEM Centre have generously provided in-kind support such as promotional materials for sessions.
STEMnet have provided insurance cover for voluntary work in public events as a STEM Ambassador.