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November 7, 2023

India Stem Foundation

In India, the search for sufficient STEM education faces many challenges – from inadequate infrastructure to cultural and social barriers, and a shortage of quality educators. Shaping the next generation of innovators, problem-solvers, and tech leaders.

Since 2006, the Indian Stem Foundation (ISF) have been striving towards their mission. With The Spectris Foundation grant, we hope to support ISF with revolutionising STEM education, making quality STEM education accessible to all through their state-of-the-art STEM programmes, tinkering labs, infrastructure, teachers training, and championing girls in STEM. The goal? To remove all barriers and inequalities for underprivileged and underrepresented groups in the tech industry.

ISF aim to ignite curiosity, encouraging a passion in the minds of young people for science and technology. Their mentor-driven programmes don’t just educate, they encourage students to rise to the challenges of our tech-driven world.

The Spectris Foundation is continuing to fund the Tinkering Lab at The Bharat English School and Junior College in Pune. A science classroom which provides students the opportunity to learn hands-on science and technology in their school; the India Stem Foundation provide a qualified technician to teach the students and teachers, and help schools transform unused space into creative STEM classrooms.

The India STEM Foundation promotes hands-on contemporary education in science, technology engineering and maths…Read more

November 2, 2023

SAE Foundation

The Spectris Foundation are excited to be continuing our impactful partnership with the SAE Foundation. Providing students with high-quality, STEM programming that ignites their interest in STEM subjects and delivering training for teachers that helps increase their comfort level with teaching STEM subjects.

The SAE Foundation’s award winning A World In Motion (AWIM) programme incorporates 21st century power skills like critical thinking and communication in addition to inspiring young learners in STEM. They’re mission is to reach all students, regardless of socioeconomic status, gender, race, or ethnicity, thereby increasing equitable access to STEM.

AWIM program sparks passion for STEM, Kei’Andre a student who participated in the project last year loved learning about Newton’s laws of motion and gravity. Through the Straw Rockets Challenge Kei’Andre created an interactive comic book where students could battle computer viruses.

Because of his experience with AWIM, Kei’Andre wants to become a scientist!

The goal of the program is to provide students with high-quality, STEM programming that ignites their interest in STEM subjects. As well as providing training for teachers which will increase their abilities and interest in STEM, thus helping many more young minds of the future.

Our grant will continue to facilitate creative STEM learning, making a big difference in schools and communities who haven’t had the chance to access such amazing STEM education.

In 2022 we reached 300 students by supporting AWIM and over the next year our aim is to reach a further 800!

 

The Spectris Foundation awards a £10,000 grant to the SAE Foundation to help over 300 school children across to US gain practical Stem education!Read more

February 19, 2023

The Spectris Foundation Partners with STEM Learning

The Spectris Foundation have awarded a grant to ENTHUSE Charitable Trust!

A £100,000 has been awarded to ENTHUSE Charitable Trust to deliver five new Stem Learning partnerships across the UK. Over the next two years we aim to support 200 teachers and 22,500 students, making a positive and long-term impact to STEM education where it is most needed.

ENTHUSE Partnerships, run by STEM Learning through Project ENTHUSE, brings schools and colleges together to work collaboratively, to develop an intensive two-year programme to raise aspiration and achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Each partnership works with a group of six-to-ten schools and colleges, providing access to continuing professional development, free resources, immersion in industry or university through teacher placements, STEM Ambassadors and enrichment activities.

The five new partnerships will be based in Malvern, Dundee, Crowborough, Chapel-en-le-Frith and Royston, will reach up to 50 schools. Our foundation will fund £20,000 for each partnership to support teacher professional development and raise engagement and achievement in STEM subjects, especially those from disadvantaged groups. This tailor-made project aims to inspire excellence in schools, and raise aspirations of the students and teachers.

Children in a classroom

In supporting an ENTHUSE Partnership, the Spectris Foundation joins organisations from across the charitable and business world, including such diverse names as ASDA, GSK, Goldman Sachs, Jacobs and the Vertex Foundation.

Anna Gawthorp, Strategic Partnership Lead at the National STEM Learning Centre, said:

“I am delighted to welcome the Spectris Foundation to join our ENTHUSE Partnership supporters. The Partnership will help STEM Learning’s mission to change the lives of thousands of young people, nurturing future talent for crucial STEM skills.”

This two year project will enable more young people, from all backgrounds, to progress in their STEM education, with more students entering high-value STEM-related careers as a result. By doing so, STEM Learning improves social mobility and the life chances of some of the UK’s most vulnerable young people.

The Spectris Foundation have awarded a grant to ENTHUSE Charitable Trust!Read more

December 18, 2023

Spectris Foundation presentation afternoon and 2023 recap

On the 1st December we invited our STEM charities, Spectris employees, and the Foundation’s board to hear from a selection of our STEM partnerships to celebrate two incredible years since The Spectris Foundation distributed its very first grant. Technovation, Lightyear Foundation, ENTHUSE Charitable Trust and Apps for Good gave an insight to their organisations and how they’ve been using the foundation’s funding. Almost 200 people from around the world attended and was an inspiring afternoon which brought our foundation’s mission to life!

The Spectris Foundation’s mission to engineer bright futures by giving access to quality STEM education globally. In the UK, only 31% of core STEM subjects are studied by women or non-binary students, and our government acknowledges women, certain ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and those from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds are underrepresented in STEM education. There are many obstacles, including a rapid decline in teachers remaining in the profession – with nearly half of all newly qualified teachers leaving within the first five years.

The Spectris Foundation recognises the need for quality STEM education far exceeds the UK, and that is why we fund global programs and work with specialist charitable partners who can make our mission a reality.

Over the past two years, the foundation has awarded £1.3 million pounds to 69 charities globally. Committing £1.1 million to STEM education. This year, we have awarded 7 STEM grants to new and existing partners. We are grateful to our charitable partners who are working to make our mission a reality, to find out more click here.

Aside from our primary mission in supporting access to STEM Education, at the heart of the Foundation’s philanthropic endeavor is an approach that empowers Spectris Group employees to champion causes that are close to their hearts. Grants of up to £5,000 are awarded to a diverse range of initiatives across the globe, highlighting the companies global reach and dedication towards making a positive impact on our world.

In 2023, we have proudly awarded 23 grants, totaling to £91,000 in the USA, UK, Canada, Germany, Spain, Portugal, and China. Our hope is these small grants are impactful for the charities and the employees who have nominated them, and are another way our foundation is trying to contribute towards improving our world.

Thank you for everyone who has been involved with The Spectris Foundation this year! We look forward to another exciting year!

2023 has been a fundamental year for The Spectris Foundation; we have established long-term STEM partnerships, participated in STEM learning activities globally and continued to support employees through nominations, worldwide.Read more

November 28, 2023

India STEM Foundation

The India Stem Foundation have been operating since 2006 and in these 18 years they have worked across India to provide access to STEM education. Their work addresses the inequalities and adversity…Read more

November 27, 2023

Supporting Tech Education Breeds Success, Confidence in Students

By Scott Campbell

Kate Kerr didn’t necessarily set out to have a tech career, but she’s happy that after all the twists and turns to get there that it led her to exactly where she is now.

“I studied psychology and my profession now is research within the tech space,” said Kerr, senior lead researcher at Monzo Bank in the UK and a board trustee at The Spectris Foundation, which provides grants to give access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education globally, to some of the world’s most disadvantaged communities. “I stumbled into tech not really knowing how to connect what I’d studied with all the different roles I could go on to do.”

Today, Kerr recognizes the importance of exposing students of all ages to technology—and the breadth of potential careers in tech—is critical to developing the next generation of tech worker, especially for young girls and those from underrepresented cultures in the industry. It’s one reason The Spectris Foundation is a supporter of organizations like CompTIA Spark. “I don’t want people to have to rely on finding a tech career by chance. We need to bridge their interest in tech with real opportunities to fill that gap,” she said.

Help Wanted: More Confident, Competent Tech Workers

Of course, supporting tech education programs accomplishes more than attracting future tech workers—it also instills confidence and soft skills that helps young people strive for more than what they thought they could even do.

“I think this is really important,” said Kerr. “You need hard skills but also soft skills like problem solving to build confidence. That’s where I think The Spectris Foundation can help and why programs like CompTIA Spark are so helpful. Tech is not just coding. It’s helping you grow the skills you need to be successful. When you start out, you don’t know what you don’t know. It’s about opening up the space to more people and showing them what opportunities there are and how to get there.”

Initiatives either in school or out of school that help people develop a wide variety of skills that complement each other in real-world environments are important and deserve increased attention, added Rebecca Levy, foundation director at Spectris Foundation.

“I think too many people think if they take a physics course, they can only go down that career avenue. Or if they want a math degree, they only need math skills. There’s a piece missing and that’s knowing what academic skills and soft skills are needed to enhance the overall experience,” Levy said.

The mission of Spectris Foundation is to provide equal opportunities to science, technology and math (STEM) education, said Kerr. “As a female in tech, I am very passionate about that. Only about 30% of tech roles are filled by women and there are more drastic drops in computer science and engineering,” she said.

Modern Programs Have Flexibility, Innovative Approaches

The best programs to attract and develop young people into tech should also include more than traditional textbook learning, Kerr said. For example, project-based learning, including hands-on demonstrations and real-world examples of technology in practice helps students understand how technology works and how it delivers results.

Tech education can be challenging if the curriculum doesn’t keep pace with the rapid pace of tech innovation. “I think the biggest frustration I found was how outdated the skills I was learning at the time and how they were applying in the real world,” Kerr said. “The world changes quickly and tech education is absolutely not changing quickly enough.”

To obtain the latest tech knowledge and soft skills necessary to advance, Kerr started networking with other tech professionals, going to industry events—and asking lots of questions.

“People learn from real-life role models. I was learning and connecting those dots,” she said. “We should be doing the roles, living the roles in an educational setting. We need to make sure what you learn, you can do it in real life—and that goes back to problem solving and having the resilience to solve the problem.”

For example, one much-valued skill of project-based learning is figuring out why something didn’t work—and how to correct it.

“It’s important to learn to fail and how to respond when you get things wrong. You don’t get that by reading a book,” Kerr said. “It goes back to having a problem-solving mindset and when you can fail in a safe space and pick yourself up, that’s one of the big benefits of hands-on learning.”

Why Support Tech Learning Programs?

Supporting initiatives like CompTIA Spark help organizations fulfill goals that they may not have the resources to achieve themselves, Levy said.

“We have fabulous people but we are not experts in tech education for young people,” she said. “We want to serve underprivileged students in deprived areas. How many students are being helped? How many young women are participating? How do we bridge the gender gap in STEM? These are the areas where we can all have a deeper impact by supporting STEM education programs.

For example, The Spectris Foundation recently supported a challenge to build sustainable racing cars and one student assumed some project management and leadership responsibilities that she didn’t seek—but also didn’t shy away from.

“She was just doing it all. She got a hands-on opportunity to make it happen and it gave her so much confidence,” Levy said. “From that, she made more friends, joined after school clubs. All through an opportunity to work on something practical in a team environment and in a safe place.”

“The reach that STEM education programs have is really inspiring to us,” Kerr said. “I think TechGirlz [a CompTIA Spark program] has served 40,000 students in 25 countries and on a range of topics and all areas of STEM. I believe 82% of girls have a positive view of tech after taking a course. That is very close to our hearts. When we are giving grants, we want to know what the impact is and that it’s really changing girls’ minds and they are looking at roles in tech.”

Get Involved
Learn more about the partners and supporters of CompTIA Spark and how you can support tech education programs.

Earlier this month Kate Kerr, Foundation Trustee and Rebecca Levy, Foundation Director, met with CompTia Spark to discuss their TechGirz programme and how students can access STEM education….Read more

November 9, 2023

Empowering Young Women Worldwide through Technology and Innovation

In September , our Foundation trustee Amit Agarwal, participated in the AI Forward Alliance at UNGA in New York, in collaboration with UNICEF. This event brought together worldwide influential partners including the UN, Google, and non-profit organisations like Technovation and UNICEF. The focus was on harnessing the power of AI innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders to make positive changes in the world.
The alliance has two primary objectives:

  1.  To reach and empower 25 million girls and young women through education in AI, coding, and entrepreneurship.
  2. To see 6 million of these young women, enter technology-related fields by 2030.

Amit explained, “We’re currently not leveraging half of the world’s population (females) to attack the big problems and opportunities. Hence, the need for this initiative. The picture boards paint the picture.”

The Spectris Foundation also actively supported Technovation by participating in their World Summit. Karen Kresonja, a volunteer for The Spectris Foundation and who works as Vice President for Spectris owned business, Particle Measurement Systems (PMS), was invited to attend the World Summit as a judge. Teams from all corners of the globe showcased their innovations, and the best teams earned a spot at this event.

Reflecting on the experience, Karen said, “The Technovation event was fantastic. I was completely blown away by the young women participating, truly amazing. The teams were enthusiastic, innovative, and absolutely brilliant. I left feeling very inspired for the future of women in technology.” She continues, “it was astonishing to see Technovation’s global reach, with teams from small villages in Kenya and Nigeria. These girls were using AI technology to develop applications that address community needs.”

The future with Technovation

The Spectris Foundation has awarded Technovation with £200,000 grant over two years. We are delighted to be strengthening our partnership, dedicated to providing underrepresented girls from low-income communities and developing nations the opportunity to access skills in technology. Together we are championing the future of women in technology.

Technovation, a non-profit organisation, is on a mission to equip young women aged 8 to 18 with the skills and mindset to become tech entrepreneurs and leaders. Their goal is to empower millions of young women globally…Read more

November 6, 2023

7 STEM Grants awarded in 2023!

The Spectris Foundation aims to engineer bright futures through awarding grants and building long-term relationships with charitable organizations. All to enhance education in STEM fields and give access to STEM education to some of our world’s most disadvantaged communities…Read more

June 27, 2023

The Spectris Foundation and Spectris volunteer at the Climate Change Summit hosted at The University of Hertfordshire

On Tuesday 13th June The Spectris Foundation supported their project partner ENTHUSE, by attending the Sustainability Summit at The University of Hertfordshire. This event was designed to raise aspiration of our future leaders in climate change, and to focus on possible solutions future technologies can have in having a positive impact in sustainability. 120 students, 14 teachers from 12 local schools attended the day, where the foundation and Spectris exhibited alongside Leaf, ENTHUSE and the Environment Agency to build resilience and inspire students! It was an incredible day full of enthusiasm, one student explained how his life mission is to stop climate change, and he had already changed school policy by stopping all meat consumption!

Damien Phillips, Group General Counsel, joined Rebecca Levy, Foundation Director, in the exhibition area and was surprised at the level of interest and knowledge in the field of sustainability! He explains, “It was very cool to spend a day doing something different – I got quite impassioned about patented hexapod technology in our VI grade simulators…!”

Helena Nathan-King, Group Head of Sustainability, and Ariel Brunner, Sustainability Analyst, designed and held workshops for the students. These interactive workshops explored options of investing in a sustainable future.

“We were impressed by the level of engagement and knowledge from the students about climate change. We heard stories of students teaching their parents how to recycle and convincing them to install solar energy, as well as attending climate marches and growing their own food. Our future needs them!” – Helena Nathan-King.

Thank you to everyone who made this event possible, it was a great opportunity to connect with schools, universities, charities and businesses which are all contributing to a more sustainable world.

The Spectris Foundation aims to provide quality STEM education globally. For more information on our grant programme please go to “apply for funding”

The Spectris Foundation were asked to speak at the Lightyear Foundation’s Special Educations Needs (SEN) in STEM Network; a central forum of 220 members who are influential in breaking down barriers to STEM. Read more

June 23, 2023

The Spectris Foundation collaborate with TechGirlz, Spectris Plc and Young Professionals to host an online collaborative event to inspire young women in Tech and to celebrate International Women in Engineering Day!

We champion women in Tech and aim to help bridge the gender gap in STEM education.

On Tuesday 20th June to celebrate the International Women in Engineering Day we teamed up with grant recipient TechGirlz, our corporate donor Spectris and student network Young Professionals UK to host an online collaborative workshop, seminar and panel discussion – all about women in Tech!

The event kicked off with an introduction from Foundation Director, Rebecca Levy, followed by a warm welcome from Spectris’s CEO and Foundation Trustee, Andrew Heath. Andrew spoke to the importance of diversity within STEM education and introduced the schedule for the evening.

Danielle Garrett, TechGirlz Partner Success Specialist from TechGirlz facilitated an interactive a workshop named “think like a digital designer”. This stimulating session taught the importance of user experience and helped the participants learn to think about different consumer groups when designing and developing an app. During one activity Danielle asked the participants to write a letter to their favourite app and the students wrote their creative and insightful letters in the chat box. One participant wrote to Spotify;

“Dear Spotify, You’re my everyday because you’re always here for me, when I am down, when I am happy, when I want to relax, you are always there for me and I love you for that.”

After the workshop the students had the freedom to visit different breakout rooms where, The Spectris Foundation, Spectris Scientific, Spectris Dynamics, and Servomex and Red Lion held inspiring lightening talks and discussions on their business areas, and personal experiences working as women in tech. These impressive women gave practical advise and expertise in their fields. In The Spectris Foundation booth, Kate Kerr, foundation trustee,  talked about the importance of psychology in STEM and how she progressed within the User Experience sector. She was joined by Karen Usher, founder of NMITE and foundation trustee, who gave practical and insightful advice to the students.

To close the event, Dan Miller from Young Professionals facilitated a panel discussion and Q&A with women leaders from Spectris Plc and The Spectris Foundation trustees. They spoke about perspectives on the future of engineering, emerging trends in technology, and the importance of diversity and inclusion in this ever-evolving field. It was a chance to share knowledge, stories, advice to help guide the participants on their own journeys.

Thank you to everyone who made this event possible – we reached an amazing 277 students from across the UK and the US.

Happy International Women in Engineering Day! The Spectris Foundation believes that every person has the right to quality STEM education, we aspire to engineer bright futures and we do this by providing grants internationally. Read more

May 30, 2023

The Spectris Foundation speaks at the Lightyear Foundation’s SEN in STEM Network’s Round Table

The network works to empower the SEN (Special Educational Needs) in STEM and aims to make STEM more accessible for people living with a disability. The event took place at The Royal Observatory in Greenwich.

Rebecca Levy, The Spectris Foundation’s Director, was joined by Dominique Sleet, from the Royal Academy of Engineering, Tom Mansell and Anna Hoddinott from the John Lyon’s Charity, and Christina Fuentes Tibbitt from the British Science Association to discuss accessible projects in STEM. The speakers shared their advice and experience on the grant-making application process and ongoing management of grants.

“It was such a brilliant experience to talk at the Royal Observatory and meet inspiring people who use science as a tool of learning and engagement for people with Special Educational Needs. The Spectris Foundation have project partners who are working to improve attainment in science for students with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). We aim to develop progressive, skills-based, practical learning in STEM education – which is accessible for all. This event highlighted the importance of creative learning in the sciences, and I’m excited to see the outcome of these charities innovative projects!

I was asked to describe what accessibility, inclusivity and diversity mean to The Spectris Foundation. For us, it means togetherness, opportunities and skill. We are proud of be a funder of STEM education and even prouder to be providing grants which are making STEM inclusive and possible.” – Rebecca Levy, The Spectris Foundation Director.

Following the talks there was a range of questions from the attendees and fruitful discussions on the beneficiaries of SEN in STEM projects. David Jones from the Life Science Centre spoke to the importance of parents participation and inclusion in SEN projects. He explained how powerful it can be for parents to feel empowered in science and see the positive impact it is having on their child.

If you would like to find out more about The Spectris Foundation’s grants, please see our apply for funding page.

The Spectris Foundation were asked to speak at the Lightyear Foundation’s Special Educations Needs (SEN) in STEM Network; a central forum of 220 members who are influential in breaking down barriers to STEM. Read more

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