ESP has been instrumental in promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) with Scotland’s colleges. This has resulted in the colleges having a lead role in establishing the Regional STEM Hub Partnerships (a collaboration of relevant partners across all regions of Scotland). Consequently, ESP is an active member of the STEM Hub Steering Group and has convened a college STEM Lead Forum to support the development of Regional Strategies and Action Plans.
ESP has introduced and supported a number of STEM challenges across Scotland including, Bloodhound Rocket Car Challenge, IET FIRST® LEGO®, Greenpower, Big Bang Competition, Big Bang Scotland and Big Bang@ regional events plus much more.
We have developed a number of strategic partnerships with a range of organisations, including;
- IET: (as their education partner and delivery partner for IET FIRST® LEGO® across Scotland).
- MoD: signing an MoU with the Ministry of Defence as a STEM Delivery Partner. Also supporting RAF 100, Subs in Schools, and Aiming for Awesome
- Glasgow Science Centre: supporting Glasgow Science Centre to secure funding for Powering the Future on Tour and Idea 59.
- Developing the Young Workforce (DYW)
Since Feb 2016, ESP has received funding, sponsorship and STEM resources worth in excess of £300k.
We have sponsored a number of STEM events supporting STEM outreach from the Western Isles, West Highland (including Skye) all the way through the Central Belt into Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders. 2019 events follow a similar geographic outreach and have already included events in Moray, Caithness and Sutherland. In total, the college supported STEM events have benefitted over 15,000 school pupils, 270 teachers and numerous industry partners.
A Summary of our activities geographical outreach is shown below.