The CLA and British Science Association (BSA): Working together

15 September 2014

Momentum for STEAM continues to build, both here and in the U.S., There will be breakout sessions at the Conservative conference on STEAM, and a great new STEAM map has been created by Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). In this bulletin we want to flag up some great STEAM opportunities which we’re developing through the British Science Association (BSA). CLA and the BSA are beginning to work together to investigate possible new partnerships involving the integration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) with the Arts. The BSA recently completed a strategic review and the outcome is a new vision of the role of science in society, one of a future where science is seen as part of – rather than set apart from – culture and society at large. You can find out more here.

There are a number of opportunities for colleagues to work with the BSA; from being involved in the organisation of events or activities for British Science Week and participation in the British Science Festival, to working with education programmes such as the CREST Awards scheme. CREST is a national award scheme that recognises success, skills and personal achievement in STEM project work. The awards scheme includes the CREST Star scheme for students aged 5 – 11, and the CREST Awards, which give 11-19 year olds opportunities to pursue real-world investigative projects (including Discovery awards that can be earned in a day).

If you are interested in finding out more about the BSA or the CREST Award scheme, or of you fancy exploring a partnership with the British Science Association, please contact them here. And do let us know about any STEAM focussed projects you get involved in.

And for those of you who are new to STEAM, you can read more about it here.