Local firms invited to join exciting STEM initiative for primary schools in East Anglia


An information event is being held in Royston on Tuesday 11th July to outline the benefits to science and technology companies of joining the CCI programme, which helps 9-11-year-old children understand the appliance of science.

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Johnson Matthey (JM) and Sartorius Stedim Biotech (SSB) will be hosting an ‘Introduction to Children Challenging Industry (CCI)’ in Royston at 11am on Tuesday 11th July. The event is open to all science and technology companies in East Anglia and will give an insight into the CCI programme, designed to provide 9-11-year-old children with positive perceptions of science-based manufacturing and technology.

The programme, which has been running in the North of England since 1996, offers local science and technology firms the chance to be involved in inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers by giving local children taster workshops at their company, alongside classroom sessions delivered by a Primary Science Advisory Teacher.

An information event is being held on Tuesday 11th July and is being hosted by local technology company, Sartorius Royston, which has been involved in the scheme for a year. There will be presentations from CIEC Programme Director, Joy Parvin at University of York, as well as Su Mennie, Primary Science Advisory Teacher, who will discuss the aims and impact of the programme.  The event will also include children-led sessions from Trotts Hill Primary School (Stevenage) and St Mary’s Catholic Primary School (Royston), followed by a networking lunch until 1pm.

John Gourd, Site Planning and Services Director at Johnson Matthey stated: “We were the first company in the South of England to participate in the CCI programme. Now in its fifth year here, it has been a huge success and has increased the aspirations of school children to become the scientists and engineers of tomorrow which is critical to both Johnson Matthey and the economy. The staff also get a tremendous amount of enjoyment from being part.”

Gourd added: “This project fits well with our Community Engagement Strategy, which recognises how important it is to establish close links with our local community. It is vital that companies like Johnson Matthey offer children such a fantastic opportunity to learn more about science in the workplace and understand more about what career opportunities there are.”

Nick Cooke, Managing Director at Sartorius Stedim Biotech in Royston concluded: “We joined the scheme at the beginning of 2016, having been recommended by Johnson Matthey, and have to date run workshops for six local primary schools.  With many more schools on the waiting list, we invite local firms to join us in giving the next generation a glimpse of the fulfilling careers they could enjoy as industrial engineers and scientists.”

For more information on the CCI programme and to register to attend the information event on 11th July, please contact Su Mennie (royston-info@sartorius.com).

Image: Girls from local school enjoying taking part in a CCI workshop at Sartorius in Royston.


Sartorius Stedim Biotech

Sartorius Stedim Biotech is a leading international supplier of products and services that enable the biopharmaceutical industry to develop and manufacture drugs safely and efficiently. As a total solutions provider, Sartorius Stedim Biotech offers a portfolio covering nearly all steps of biopharmaceutical manufacture. The company focuses on single-use technologies and value-added services to meet the rapidly changing technology requirements of the industry it serves.

Headquartered in Aubagne, France, Sartorius Stedim Biotech is quoted on the Eurolist of Euronext Paris. With its own manufacturing and R&D sites in Europe, North America and Asia and an international network of sales companies, Sartorius Stedim Biotech has a global reach. In 2016, the company employed approx. 4,700 people, and earned sales revenue of 1.051,6 million euros.

Johnson Matthey

Johnson Matthey is a global science leader that specialises in sustainable technologies.  We make it our business to make the world a better place.  Our 200-year commitment to innovation keeps the company at the forefront of technological breakthroughs that make life cleaner and healthier for us all.  Enabled by our science, manufacturers across many industries apply our innovations to improve the function, performance and safety of their products at a lower environmental cost.  Working at an atomic scale, our science has a global impact in areas such as low emission transport, pharmaceuticals and chemical processing. Today more than 13,000 Johnson Matthey professionals work with our network of customers and partners to fulfil our mission of building a cleaner, healthier future for our planet and a growing business for our shareholders.

Visit http://www.matthey.com/ for more information.

The Children Challenging Industry (CCI) programme

CCI is a programme to increase the aspirations of school children to become the scientists and engineers of tomorrow.  The programme started in 1996, is a combination of classroom-based training and liaison with local companies which enables children to see how science is used in 'real-life' contexts. It is managed by the Centre for Industry Education Collaboration (CIEC), part of the University of York.



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