Canterbury Christ Church University is sponsoring the new Community Lab Scheme at Discovery Park to inspire students and grow the local skills base.

This is a unique collaboration between academia and industry, providing hands-on scientific learning opportunities at Discovery Park for local teachers and students.

Discovery Park is a thriving, high quality, science park that is playing a key role in the South East of England’s life sciences community, and will help to inspire children into adopting scientific careers, while growing the local STEM skills base.

The Community Lab brings together Discovery Park, Canterbury Christ Church University, Pfizer and educational charity STEM Learning to provide local schools with access to the industry standard facilities and equipment normally out of reach in the classroom. Along with a number of other tenants on site, they seek to educate and inspire hundreds of young people to pursue STEM careers. The Community Lab, which is based in Discovery Park’s iconic Building 500, is a key component of the site’s STEM skills offering.

Julian Thompson, Pfizer, Sandwich Site Head, said: “Pfizer is proud to be supporting the Community Lab project at Discovery Park. By providing extra-curriculum resource and expertise the facility will offer local schools the ability to conduct science they are unable to do in their own laboratories.”

The Community Lab forms part of a wider selection of activities at Discovery Park aimed at encouraging young people to pursue careers in STEM-related subjects.

This article is a shortened version of the full press release that can be read on the Press Release area of the main website.

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The embedding of STEM in education is one of several key drivers behind Engineering at CCCU. You can find more details about Engineering at the university by visiting www.canterbury.ac.uk/engineering.