Submitted by National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement

Wonder Match is a partnership-building event that wants to encourage diverse audiences to get involved with the wonders of science and technology. It aims to support community organisations and university scientists or engineers to find and meet each other, and to apply for a small fund (up to £1,000) to work together to develop a project or activities that will engage children, young people or families in science and technology.

If you work with children and young people or disadvantaged communities in your region, this event is for you. Wonder Match is funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). It’s focus is to engage audiences from the 40% most socioeconomically-deprived areas of the UK, especially 8-13 year olds and their families.

The STFC works with the very largest scales of physics like astronomy right through to the tiniest constituents like matter or particle physics. They want to support communities to engage with their work, to be inspired and to learn about the world around them. One way to do this, is to bring community organisations and scientists and engineers together to explore activities and projects that will enthuse local people in the world of science and technology.

It can be hard for partners to find each other so this event hopes to kick start new partnerships that will enjoy working together. Partners decide the focus and projects and activities typically include things like fun workshops and events, storytelling sessions, exhibitions, after school club activities, visits to a laboratory, festivals, arts based events and lots, lots more - it’s up to the partners.

If you are part of a charity, social enterprise or any kind of community organisation, then join us at this FREE Wonder Match event in Leicester on Friday 8th June 2018. (There is also the chance to learn about how your new partnership could apply to STFC for a Sparks Award of up to £15,000).