ARKive has been awarded Best STEM Employer 2011 for the Bath, Bristol and Somerset region.
ARKive has been involved in the STEM programme since June 2010. A government-funded initiative, the STEM programme links up Ambassadors who work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics with schools to try and inspire young people to follow careers in those subject areas. The ARKive project covers two of these, as we combine science and technology with our educational website about endangered species.
ARKive’s STEM Ambassadors regularly visit schools to inspire young people about science and conservation and deliver lessons on topics such as evolution, adaptation and food webs. Because of the team’s dedication and hard work in local schools, the charity was awarded Best STEM Employer for the Bristol, Bath and Somerset region, UK.
One of the aims of ARKive is to use our wonderful imagery to educate about the natural world, and as part of this we have been developing new teaching resources. Free for all to download and use, our resources have been tried and tested by the ARKive team in schools as part of the STEM scheme. We try and make our resources fun and interactive, making use of our stunning wildlife imagery to captivate a younger audience in schools.
At ARKive we see being involved with the STEM scheme as a wonderful opportunity to go out into the community, spread the word about conservation and to develop our teaching resources for people around the world to use. We hope that this will help young people want to learn about the natural world and care about the huge biodiversity on the planet, or even become scientists themselves one day!
Rebecca Taylor, ARKive Media Researcher