A group of parents and teachers in South Ribble are campaigning to win funding to help children learn science and engineering skills.Advertisement
Higher Walton Primary School’s parent teacher group have applied to Aviva’s community for up to £25,000.
With the money they want to see science, technology, engineering and maths skills given to pupils through a range of hands-on workshops.
Laura Brown from the group said: “The STEM Club will take place at various times, after school, evenings and weekends, to give all members of the community the opportunity to be involved. We would like to use the funding to purchase resources, pay for specialist staff and provide Professional Development for staff and volunteers which will allow us to continue the project in the future after the funding has finished.
“Our focus is to establish STEM at an early age, inspiring children to become interested in STEM subjects through taking part in fun, current experiments such as the Tim Peake’s Primary School Rocket Seed Challenge the school recently took part in and Mad Science Workshops. We also aim to encourage families to be involved and take part in activities to learn together, share and build solid relationships. We want families to understand what Science is and how it affects the whole world that we live in. If parents are involved and interested, they are more likely to continue this area of learning in the home just as they would with reading and writing.”
The PTFA have secured 3,371 votes so far. The competition works by each group applying needing to secure votes to get through to the next round and have a shot at the project funding.
You can vote for the school by visiting the Aviva website. The deadline to vote is Friday 18 November.