Inspiring Partnerships & Diversity in STEM
Our latest films showcase schools engaging in fun and interesting science projects through The Royal Society’s Partnership Grants scheme. We’ve produced five videos which highlight the benefits of receiving a Partnership Grant and being involved in an investigative STEM project.
Since it started in 2000, The Royal Society’s scheme has awarded grants to over 800 schools and colleges to enable them to carry out science, technology and engineering or mathematics projects and has enthused thousands of young people in STEM. The films were produced to promote the scheme to UK teachers, pupils and parents; they specifically aim to encourage more schools to apply and support schools through the grant process.
From the planning stage through to filming and final editing, we were keen to ensure that the videos clearly show how science is more than just working in a laboratory. Also, by demonstrating diversity among both the students and the STEM partners, we wanted the films to help break down the stereotypes and perceptions of those working in STEM careers.
The suite of films visually demonstrates how the scheme works and the positive benefits of undertaking an investigative STEM project.
Case Study Videos
We filmed at three schools to capture their investigative science projects in action and to highlight how they worked in collaboration with a STEM partner. We filmed primary school children investigating weather patterns and secondary school pupils investigating both non-genetic inheritance and comet formation.
It was wonderful to see so many students really proud of their achievements and hear how inspired they were to learn more. Here’s one of the case studies in which secondary school children are determining the origin and elemental structure of meteors under the guidance of academic professional, Professor Monica Grady:
To promote the grants more generally, we produced a promotional video which will be hosted on The Royal Society’s website, on their social media channels and in their corporate presentations. The video includes interview footage with teachers and STEM partners explaining the positive benefits of working in partnership. Quotes demonstrate the impacts of the projects from a teacher, pupil and STEM professionals perspective:
Market research carried out prior to planning the films suggested that schools wanted more information regarding the grant making process so the final film looks at the process of applying for and managing a Partnership Grant:
It’s fantastic to see the breadth of projects covered by the partnership grant scheme and the impact these projects are having in inspiring a diverse mix of young people to get involved in STEM subjects. We hope these videos will be a powerful tool for engaging more teachers and STEM professionals to take an interest in the scheme.