STEM advocates Science Made Simple celebrate 15th birthday

Science Made Simple, a social enterprise based in Cardiff, recently celebrated its 15th birthday at the Senedd with government ministers and school children in attendance.

The event, which took place at the National Assembly of Wales during the start of the month, celebrated the work the company has done to promote STEM among youngsters.

A number of guest speakers, including ministers and specialists from the industry, highlighted the importance of encouraging young people to pursue careers in STEM subjects.

During the event, founder director Wendy Sadler MBE said: “This is a very important day for us. Not only is it about raising a toast to the last 15 years, but about the impact our work can have on young people.”

The social enterprise currently employs 17 people and works with schools across the country by developing and presenting interactive performances to inspire the next generation of scientists.

Established by Wendy in 2002, the social enterprise has worked in 30 countries across the world – breathing life into STEM subjects for thousands of young people.

The event attracted 200 delegates and saw Minister for Skills and Science Julie James AM endorse science made simple. “Never before have STEM subjects been so important to the future of our country,” she said.

“There is a shortage of pupils pursuing careers in science and engineering, especially females. science made simple’s vision of getting young people to think creatively about science and engineering is critical if we are to achieve parity in these areas.”

Event sponsor David Rees AM addressed attendees and underlined how significant the work the organisation does, specifically with young people.

“Wendy and her committed team have dedicated the last 15 years making science not just simple, but fun. The impassioned work that science made simple has cleverly crafted inspires the minds of young, budding scientists and engineers,” he said.

To coincide with the event and further promote STEM, Science Made Simple launched a competition for people to submit a short film about their experiences and passion for science.

There were categories for primary schoolchildren, secondary schoolchildren and adults. Each winner would receive £250 in prize money, with £200 of the total going to science in schools.

The winners in the respective categories were sisters Jacky (6) and Josey (6) Kean, Poppy Oxberry (12) and Craig Sinclair (27).

Wendy added: “From the entries, what stood out was the quality and ability to communicate science in a fun and simple way. Poppy, Craig, Jacky and Josey really grasped the essence of what we were looking for.

“We hope that the prize money goes some way towards inspiring them, and the children’s schools, into delving deeper into science that both stimulates and engages with people.”