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The Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division of the University of Oxford has developed a new Parents for STEM Futures project to actively engage parents of primary school aged children in science and maths subjects. This pilot project has two components:
‘Just Add Imagination’. This digital resource aims to show how creative and exciting STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects are, to dispel stereotypical ideas about who ‘belongs’ in STEM fields, and to encourage parents and children to explore the opportunities offered by a STEM career.  It includes:

  • Profiles of (current and former) staff and students at the University of Oxford, enjoying a variety of STEM career paths;
  • Fun, easy, and creative activities that parents can do with their children;
  • Talking points to help guide discussion and get talking about science and maths in everyday life; and
  • How to find out more about careers that interest your child.

Click to view the profiles online on the Oxford Sparks website or download and print the entire booklet.

Written by: Isabel Thomas

Designed by: University of Oxford Design Studio

Parent ambassadors for STEM.  This programme trains parents of primary school aged kids (who are current staff and students, alumni, or others affiliated with the University) to organise activities specifically reaching out to other parents in Oxfordshire primary schools. The goal is to create supportive local and community networks to help encourage STEM interest and study.
For more information, please contact Daisy Hung at

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