Inclusive project in Sheffield to help disadvantaged kids get into science and technology opens

A new project aimed at getting children from a variety of backgrounds into science and technology opened this weekend in Sheffield.

Makerspace launched this Saturday in Castlegate. The inclusive space, which opened under the Bright Box partnership, is aimed at children aged from seven to eleven and houses a variety of problem-solving tasks for kids to explore.

The Bright Box group currently operates in Sheffield by going into communities and teaching kids about mechanics in fun and innovative ways.

Even adults are wanting to get in the fun during the opening. Writing on Facebook, Rosie Victoria said: “This is brilliant. Will you do some evening things for adults too?”

The new venue will provide their children with a home and aims to help even more young people to have a go at activities they would not have necessarily tried.

John Grimshaw took his two children Jacob, five, and Scarlett, eight, to the opening this Saturday.

He said: “My daughter has difficulty with hand writing and with events like this where they are cutting cardboard; using the drills, taking things apart, it’s using motor skills that have actually helped her hand writing aswell.”

Curator Kisha Bradley and her colleagues also run the #girlswithdrills programme, a social inclusivity scheme which began as an effort to get children, especially girls, excited about engineering.

The #girlswithdrills programme sees proceeds raised from paid-for sessions go towards paying for a child from a deprived background to do a similar activity.

To date, the Bright Box group have worked with over 3,000 children and have won awards from the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Soup, Sheffield Business Awards and British Science Week.

If you wish to get involved, you can book a session here.

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