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October 2018

British Science Week Funding 2019 – Mother Nature Science Workshops

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British Science Week Funding 2019

The British Science Association have a number of grant schemes available to support British Science Week activities.

Applications for British Science Week 2019 are now open.

There are three grant schemes available to support British Science Week (8-17 March 2019) activities: one for schools, one for community groups, and one for BSA branches.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, 12 November 2018.

The BSA cannot consider applications received after this date.

Kick Start Grants

This scheme offers grants for schools in challenging circumstances to organise their own events as part of British Science Week. There are three options available:

  • Kick Start grant: A grant of £300 for your school to run an activity
  • Kick Start More grant: A grant of £700 for your school to host a science event or activity which involves your students and the local community
  • Kick Start Youth grant: A grant of £150 for your school to run an activity during British Science Week organised by students.

Community Grants

This scheme offers £500 to £1000 grants for community groups that work directly with audiences who are traditionally under-represented and currently not engaged in science activity. Our definition of groups that are underrepresented in science includes:

  • people who are Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME)
  • people with low socio economic status (SES), including people disadvantaged in terms of education and income
  • young people facing adversity, including those not in education, employment or training (NEET)
  • people with a disability, defined as a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term effect on someone’s ability to do normal daily activities (Equalities Act 2010)
  • people living in a remote and rural location, defined as settlements of less than 10,000 people
  • girls and women

BSW Grants for BSA branches

This scheme offers up to £500 of funding for British Science Association branches to take part in our national celebration by running local events during British Science Week.

This scheme is open to BSA volunteer branches only.

Source: https://www.britishscienceweek.org/about-us/grants/

Mother Nature Science is the only Workshops Provider Officially Accredited by the British science Association 

Daily Mail Mother Nature Science Franchise

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Sweet science of teaching can earn you a great living

HOW can we make children excited about science? Start them early, says Jennifer Chung, who runs hands-on science sessions for children aged five to 12 in South London.

Jennifer, a former management accountant turned franchisee with Mother Nature Science, says: ‘The key to engendering enthusiasm for science is letting children build experiments for themselves.

‘To teach about gravity we might make simple parachutes so children can see scientific concepts in action. They also have projects to take home after the sessions and often parents tell me they enjoy finding out about science too.’

Jennifer, 38, adds: ‘Too often schoolchildren think science is just about reading, so they find our sessions exciting.’

Jennifer found her accounting skills useful in setting up her franchise, and says a lack of science teaching experience was not a problem as the franchisor helped

Inspire Jennifer Chung with training and lesson plans. Mother Nature Science is looking for more franchisees across the UK.
Franchise director Luke Morgan says: ‘Our franchisees run after-school clubs, holiday sessions and parties. You don’t need science experience, but being keen to inspire children is essential.’

UK Franchises cost £15 ,000 and international Master Franchises are available.

Call 020 8863 8832 for more information 
Or use the Contact Form

FRANCHISING, Daily Mail, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2018, Page 60

LINDA WHITNEY
www.dailymail.co.uk

Slime Boron Content – Shouldn’t be Scary

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As you may be aware there has been a viral scare issue raised recently in the press regarding Slime ‘Boron’ Content

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44852913

Mother Nature Science can  clarify the below:

  • Our slime is within safe levels.
  • BBC state that Slime needs to comply with a stated “recommended 300mg/kg level of boron”. However CLEAPSS (used in most schools) state that the 4% borax solutions that we use, are low hazard.
  • Happily we have done some experiments and discovered that a 2% borax solution still provides acceptable slime making properties.
  • This brings the boron levels down to 226.8mg/kg, well within the limits stated by the BBC article.
  • We will conduct further test to make sure the slime with the 2% borax is stable and up to our high slime standards and update the slime making instructions.
  • We are also creating a slime/borax information sheet to be included as part of the risk assessment.

Our mantra will always be

Safety | Fun | Education