13 September 2019
The Science Collective was launched today, bringing together Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) experts from around Australia to teach curious young minds about constantly evolving science and technology.
The organisation offers interactive and challenging science experiences for learners right around the country.
Created by science event professionals Brian Haddy and Alison Fenton, the Collective's events are designed to inspire young people to find out more about science and technology.
"We've talked to countless numbers of employers, teachers and parents who know how important a STEM education is for the future and we are really excited to be a part of that," Brian said.
Recently awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his services to science, Brian is no stranger to science events having managed some of the biggest ones around the country for over 15 years.
"Both Alison and myself are really passionate about bringing science to kids in a way that they can understand and relate to," he said.
"If we can demonstrate to kids that there is a lot more to STEM than what's in the classroom, we might be able to sow the seed for a rewarding career, lifestyle or passionate hobby.
"We want them to walk away from our events hungry to find out more," Brian said.
Not only does The Science Collective bring together quality outreach science educators, it creates events specifically designed to meet the needs of a community.
"We are getting phone enquiries weekly from organisations wanting to know how to put on a science event in their community or how they can influence young people to keep on studying STEM," Alison said.
The Science Collective can curate events specifically to meet the needs of local communities and employers, help with sponsor identification, provide advice to festivals that are going concerns and manage marketing and communications.
"We really are the one stop shop for science events," Alison said.
Science outreach organisations are encouraged to list their business on the website: www.sciencecollective.com. Free listing is available to community interest groups and clubs.
As part of a membership service, The Science Collective also offers a platform for members to push their messages to government and the public.
"For example, some of our native animal educators might wish to promote the importance of species conservation or a science club might wish to show some of the cool things they do," Alison said.
Anyone interested in a science event should head to the website and explore the available services.
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