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STEM and Skills

Inspiring the next generation is important to us, and we've partnered with some of north Wales' best educators to launch Clwb Sparci.

Young innovators, listen up!

Welcome to STEM-SParc, a fun and exciting program designed just for you! STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and it’s all about exploring and learning how things work.

We believe that everyone can be a scientist or an engineer, a technician or an inventor, and we want to help you discover your inner STEM superstar. We have a range of activities, events, and programs that will help you.

Whether you love robots, want to learn how to code, or are curious about renewable energy, we have something for everyone. Our programs are delivered by friendly and knowledgeable educators who are passionate about sharing their love of STEM with young people like you. We also link with industry professionals, so you can learn about real-life STEM.

We want to encourage more girls to get involved in STEM too, as we believe that diversity is crucial to making the world a better place.  So, if you’re ready to unleash your inner STEM superstar, come and join us!

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Adults, read on…

Our mission at M-SParc is to support the development of a sustainable economy in the region by fostering innovation, research, and entrepreneurship. One of the key areas of our work is in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

STEM is a critical area for economic growth, and we believe that investing in STEM skills is essential for the future success of our economy, helping bridge the ‘skills gap’ and creating local people with the skills and confidence to take advantage of the career opportunities we see emerging in the region.

Why M-SParc?

M-SParc is well placed to deliver STEM programmes for several reasons. We’re a science park that has been established with a focus on science and technology, and are home to a range of science and technology-based companies, providing opportunities for students to learn from professionals and experience real-world applications of STEM concepts. We at M-SParc have developed a close relationship with local schools and educational institutions, which enables us to tailor our STEM programmes to meet the specific needs of the local community. 

We work closely with partners including the Regional Skills Partnership, STEM Gogledd, and Bangor University, to ensure we fit into local and national strategies, adding value rather than duplicating existing work.

We have a range of initiatives design to support Skills in the region:

Clwb Sparci

M-SParc’s Clwb Sparci is a unique Welsh language STEM club that offers a range of exciting activities each month, to inspire children of all ages. From coding workshops and robotics classes to science experiments and maker sessions, we want all children to be able to access and enjoy STEM.  Clwb Sparci is an inclusive and inspiring community – be a part of it, and join our next session:

Miwtini Bach

A programme for year 5 and 6 pupils to engage with and learn about Entrepreneurship!  Miwtini Bach was piloted in 2022 with 10 primary schools, with children learning about designing and developing a product, pricing, marketing, creating a brand, and pitching their final idea for funding.  Along the way they speak with people working in industry, and test their ideas. In 2023  5 competing schools joined us at the Eisteddfod to pitch their winning ideas.  Children who engage with Entrepreneurship go on to earn around 10.2% more than their peers who don’t have this opportunity.  Mutiny Bach is now rolling out for its second year.  For more information, and to get your primary school, club or community group on the listemail Sioned. (Please note, Miwtini Bach is currently only running in the counties of Conwy, Gwynedd and Anglesey.)

Skills Academy

The M-SParc Skills Academy places people in employment to gain industry experience, with a focus on digital and net-zero sectors.  We take care of the wages and HR, and companies do their part by providing valuable employment with a little additional support. Those in the Academy build up their workplace skills, people skills, and sector experience – very often, this leads to them being recruited at the end of the 6 months. Find out more here!

Skill-SParc

M-SParc is thrilled to announce Skill-SParc, a Welsh-language package of work. Skill-SParc is specifically designed to address the new curriculum for Wales and link to industry in the digital, energy, creative-digital, and entrepreneurial sectors. As well as being cross-curricular, Skill-SParc focuses on retaining girls in STEM, encouraging entrepreneurship, and supporting parents to understand and inspire children to go for STEM careers in the region.

With activities that take place in schools and at M-SParc, with speakers from local businesses and topics which tie into the themes of each individual school, we are excited to bring Skill-SParc out into our communities. 

The intention is to create a pipeline, from interactions with STEM in primary school, to more advanced workshops in secondary school, and then on to our Skills Academy and beyond.  Skill-SParc has been designed to be a comprehensive and long-term programme to transform how our region perceives and prepares for careers in STEM.

Get in touch to get your school on the list!

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Tom Burke

Digital Innovation Manager

tom@m-sparc.com

Tom used to work at the KFC in his hometown of Colwyn Bay before it mysteriously burned down. He then spent several years “on the lam” in East Germany, where he worked as an animator in Berlin. When the wall fell, Tom came home.

He enjoys climbing and hates ice-skating.