Partnership to boost STEM access in East Cambridge

Artist's impression of the Cherry Hinton development. Credit: Mission Street/Hawkins/Brown.

A new partnership has been created to help children in East Cambridge get better access to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through hands-on workshops.

Mission Street, a specialist investor, developer and operator for the science and innovation sector, and BGO, a global real estate investment management firm, have partnered with Cambridge Science Centre to deliver the workshops across schools and community settings in East Cambridge.

The aim is to involve around 2,400 students from four East Cambridge schools, close to the site of Mission Street and BGO’s proposed 23-acre science and innovation district in Cherry Hinton, in STEM subjects.

The hands-on workshops will be led by a specialist team of educational professionals and will seek to bring these subjects to life for the primary and secondary school age children.

Artem Korolev, founder and CEO at Mission Street, said: “From foundation of the Company, Mission Street has been driven by the responsibility to help facilitate the immense potential for positive social change that innovation clusters can bring to their local communities. This is a particularly strong opportunity in Cambridge which is both one of the world’s leading science and innovation clusters and a City experiencing pressures and inequalities. We share the vision of the team at the Cambridge Science Centre and are excited to team up with them. Through a series of hands-on, engaging activities across four schools in East Cambridge, our collaboration with the Cambridge Science Centre seeks to introduce children of all ages to the breadth of what STEM has to offer, including those subjects that are not typically encountered as part of the national curriculum.”

Gareth Purcell, managing partner at BGO, added: “Our partnership with Cambridge Science Centre adds an exciting new chapter in BGO’s worldwide social and philanthropic mission to deliver meaningful enhancements in access and quality of education to the communities where we are invested for the future. The continued excellence in innovation upon which Cambridge has built its well-earned reputation will be reliant on the next generation of students whose knowledge of STEM subjects will spark the next breakthroughs in life sciences. There is no better place to propel these efforts forward than in this school district, and we are proud to fund this initiative alongside our partners.”

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