We aim to inspire, engage and challenge young people to think differently about STEM.

We want young people, whatever their background, to learn about the myriad of opportunities open to them through Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects.

At SmartSTEMs we want young people to be inspired to study STEM and go on to pursue careers in STEM.

Our core aim is equity of access and opportunity for all young people; where new and strong connections between education and industry lead to expanded career options and networks.

Through Hub events, outreach, specific programmes (Digital Dairy Chain Project) and online events targeted at young people aged 10-14 we aim to provide hands on experience involving workshops, experiments, and expert advice from fantastic SmartSTEMs staff, STEM volunteers and business partners.

The events range from online, interactive workshops for individual classes to large scale, general STEM events where exhibitors, guest speakers and young people mix to explore opportunities in STEM. These can be one off, project-style, activities or part of a series of annual events to ensure multiple touch points for young people.

Our model is scalable and replicable, and we welcome the opportunity to work with academia and business to support the growth in STEM opportunities for young people through the delivery of bespoke activities.


At SmartSTEMs our objectives are as follows:

  • All young people have equal access to a quality STEM education.
  • More young people choose STEM subjects at secondary level.
  • More students enter tertiary education to study STEM subjects.
  • Increased opportunities for young people to pursue a pathway into a STEM career.
  • Greater collaboration between education / tertiary education and business.


We organise and host events with the aim of inspiring and engaging young people aged 10-14 with the range of careers in the four STEM pillars – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. We target this age group as this ensures we can engage them with STEM prior to subject selection which is a critical time in career outcome. In doing so we ensure that no doors are closed to future opportunities and all young people are aware of what is possible and achievable. These events can range from specific small-scale events covering a certain topic to large scale, general STEM events. These can be one off, project-style events or part of a series, maybe yearly events to ensure multiple touch points for young people.

Our primary focus is on those who suffer from – poverty, social exclusion, financial hardship, deprivation and disengagement using the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD 20) to identify key areas. The reason we do this is because we want young people to understand and learn the myriad of opportunities that are out there for them in the most engaging and inspiring way possible.

Our priority at these events is of course the young people, however, secondary to this we know how important teachers are and the influence and impression they have on their pupils. It is therefore vital we educate and inspire them too, helping them make connections and increasing awareness of the different pathways into STEM careers is so important at our events.


Education has been high on the agenda throughout Covid-19 with schools being one of few establishments allowed to stay open during the lockdowns. This is of course so important and vital for development of young people across the country. This pandemic has had a serious negative effect on education with exams being cancelled and restrictions in the classroom and change in teaching style. Young people have missed out on school trips, external visits and interactive group learning as a result.

To address this issue, we have adapted our events by making the most of technology, taking SmartSTEMs directly to the classrooms with new virtual events. We have identified challenges, but also the significant benefits to this approach, including delivering higher engagement for lower costs. Rather than rushing in, we took our usual approach and service designed our program with users. Consulting with teachers prior ensured we were working in sync – platforms used were compatible, timings were appropriate etc. Having a lesson plan with pre and post event exercises has been enormously well received and the engagement is just great.

Great things happen when great people get involved

If you, your team and your company want an easy way to change the world, we would love to chat about how we can help you do that. There are a variety of support opportunities that benefit you, us and, most importantly, the young people we work with. Let’s have a chat.