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New Trans Pennine scheme to inspire the scientists of the future

The next generation of young people will be inspired to follow in the footsteps of James Dyson and Alice Roberts thanks to a new partnership that will deliver thousands of visits from Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) ambassadors into schools across the North. 

The Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, the National Media Museum, Bradford, and the National Railway Museum, York, will form the STEM Ambassador Hub Trans Pennine, a Northern STEM powerhouse to engage young people across Greater Manchester, North and West Yorkshire with the subjects.

The three museums are members of the Science Museum Group, the world’s largest family of science museums, and between them already host more than 147,000 schoolchildren every year as part of booked educational visits.

The new network will build on work carried out in Manchester at the Museum of Science and Industry, where by the end of the academic year 2015/16 more than 1,260 activities had been organised, reaching over 20,000 young people in their schools. The three museums will manage a total network of more than 2,000 people working in STEM industries.

The new STEM Ambassador Hub Trans Pennine scheme, which starts this month, will work with primary and secondary schools, employers and other partners to encourage young people to think positively about pursuing a career in STEM.

Tom O’Leary, Director of Learning at the Science Museum Group, said:

“At the Science Museum Group, we have a vision to inspire young people to see the relevance of science to their lives. By joining forces in this way, we will help thousands of school pupils see the potential of STEM careers which are essential to our country’s future.”

Yvonne Baker, Chief Executive of National STEM Learning Centre and Network, said:

“We are delighted to be integrating the prestigious STEM Ambassador programme, alongside our network of Science Learning Partnerships, and other projects supporting STEM education.

“We have been given a wonderful opportunity to further develop our real, significant and sustained impact on STEM education and STEM skills. However, we cannot do this alone—our partnerships with the STEM Ambassador Hubs, Science Learning Partnerships and our partners in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, are fundamental to our success.”

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Notes for editors

For more information, or for general interview requests, please contact Kat Dibbits, Press and PR Manager at the Museum of Science and Industry, on 0161 606 0176 or email kat.dibbits@msimanchester.org.uk.

About the Museum of Science and Industry
The Museum of Science and Industry tells the story of where science met industry and the modern world began. Manchester was one of the first global, industrial cities, and its epic rise, decline and resurrection has been echoed in countless other cities around the world. From textiles to computers, the objects and documents held in the museum’s collection tell stories of everyday life over the last 200 years, from light bulbs to locomotives. The museum’s mission is to inspire all its visitors, including future scientists and inventors, with the story of how ideas can change the world, from the industrial revolution to today and beyond.

About the National Railway Museum
The National Railway Museum in York has the largest collection of railway objects in the world and attracts over 700,000 visitors per year. The museum’s collection includes over 300 locomotives and rolling stock, 628 coins and medals, 4899 pieces of railway uniform and costume, railway equipment, documents, records, artwork and railway related photographs. The National Railway Museum also houses a world-class collection of Royal trains, which includes a collection of Royal carriages, from those used by Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II. The museum’s vast art collection comprises 11,270 posters, 2,358 prints and drawings, 1052 paintings, and 1,750,000 photographs, many of which have never been on public display. Admission to the National Railway Museum is free.

About the Science Museum Group
The Science Museum Group is a family of museums made up of the Science Museum in London, the National Railway Museum in York and Shildon, the Museum of Science & Industry and the National Media Museum in Bradford. The Science Museum Group attracts over five million visits a year. Its world-class collections, in the fields of science, technology, engineering, medicine, design and enterprise, transport and media are the most comprehensive and significant anywhere in the world. The Group plays a vital role in helping to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, showcasing the best of British research and providing accessible and inspiring exhibitions and event programmes for both adults and children.