BP and partners to deliver ground breaking UK-wide science learning programme

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The Science Museum, BP and King's College London have recently launched Enterprising Science, the largest UK-wide science learning programme of its kind.

It’s great to see BP, in partnership with the Science Museum and Kings College, committing £4.3 million for teachers and museum educators to increase science capital amongst young people and their families. ...This will inspire young people and provide greater employment opportunities for them in the future.

- David Willetts,
Minister for Universities and Science
The five-year partnership will bring together the expertise, experience and research of all three organisations to inspire and engage more young people in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) learning and careers to help ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of science, technology and innovation.

Enterprising Science will build on the success of the Science Museum and BP's previous five year Talk Science project, to develop effective, evidence-based tools and techniques that will bring science to life like never before for young people, their teachers and families, both inside and outside the classroom.

The programme is underpinned by research led by King’s College London as part of their ASPIRES study of children's science and career aspirations. Young people will be at the heart of the project and over 2,000 teachers and up to 400,000 students will be involved in piloting these new resources during programme development. The project is intended to run from 2013 to 2017, with the first new tools and techniques being implemented by teachers and Museum educators across the UK through the ongoing Talk Science programme by the end of the 2014/15 academic year.

The Government acknowledges the value of science and engineering to the economy and the programme will help address two key challenges; according to Ipsos MORI (“Issues Facing Britain”, April 2013), the health of the economy and unemployment consistently rank as the top two concerns for people in the UK. It is widely recognised that science education is a key to success in school and beyond.

Education Minister Elizabeth Truss said: “Enterprising Science is an innovative programme that will enable more young people to get involved in science, technology, engineering and maths. It will inspire them to become the scientists and innovators of the future. Through this partnership, Enterprising Science will deliver new ways of engaging young people with science, both in the classroom and more informally, and strengthen their understanding of STEM career opportunities.

Peter Mather, who sits on the BITC Education leadership team, and is BP's Group Regional Vice President, Europe and Head of Country, UK said: “BP is delighted to be supporting this new five year, £4.3m Enterprising Science partnership. The UK is the home for BP and we want to help develop and encourage young people with skills in the STEM subjects to look at careers in the oil and gas business, as well as the other STEM-based industries in the UK. We hope this programme will help attract young people to STEM careers in the future.”

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