Aspiration and Opportunity in STEM at Luxulyan

by Emma Williams in Luxulyan, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 16th July 2020 we successfully raised £395 with 19 supporters in 42 days

To kickstart a STEM programme at Luxulyan School which develops aspiration and creates opportunities for our children.

by Emma Williams in Luxulyan, England, United Kingdom

57th place in the Calor Rural Community Fund - £5,000 Category


Living in a rural community can be challenging for many reasons from transport links to internet speed! When they grow up, our children will compete for careers that are increasingly linked to the technology of the future and we want to do our very best to educate them for this. During a future careers event at The Eden Project, our children were motivated by opportunities involving Technology and Science. The pupil led school council discussed this and decided to pursue the resources required to make an exciting STEM curriculum a reality for the children of Luxulyan school.


Luxulyan School are tight-knit community of children, parents, staff and governors. Every single one of us believes in the aspirations of our children. We all want to provide the best opportunities for them not only to dream but to fulfil their ambitions. We are part of Cornwall Education Learning Trust, this bid would enable us to share our exciting STEM curriculum ideas, communicate our love of learning and bright futures with our other schools beyond the village.

As a school we have basic science and technology equipment for the staff and children to access. The future careers fair captured the imagination of our children and they were bubbling with excitement about careers in Science and Technology, discussing ways to make our learning more exciting and make their aspirations a reality. Opportunities to combine hands on practical experiments with up to date technology to fuel their love of learning were a must. Many of our children wish to pursue a career in Social Media as an influencer or YouTuber, talk soon turned to how they could begin to document and share their experiments, with parents, with other schools, with the world!


The bid would formulate 94% of getting this project off the ground. The school would fund the shortfall and continue to fund ongoing costs year on year with the support of PALS, Parents At Luxulyan School, fundraising committee or the curriculum budget.


From teaching tablets to controllable technology- yes that means robots! Dataloggers to digital cameras and microscopes; beakers to bunsen burners; petri dishes, pipettes, safety goggles and kit after kit of exciting hands on science experiments! Forces, materials and magnetism; electricity, sound and light, growing and minibeasts exploration.

Our balance came in at £ 5,336.88

Resource- Supplier TTS

20 Teaching Tablets, 6 InO-Bots, 8 Rugged Robots and 6 Blue-Bots- £3,368.24

6 Log-Box Data Loggers, 6 Tuff-Cam® Digital Cameras Tuff-Scope and 6 Microscopes- £855.46

Measuring Beakers, Cylinders, Funnels, Pipettes, Syringes, Petri dishes and Jugs-£76.85 

16 Safety Goggles, 10 Thermometers, 5 Heating Stands, 5 Tea Light Stands, Miniature Metal Tongs and Aluminium Cases- £182.68

Class Experiment Kits:

Changing Materials, Forces, Magnetism Light, Electricity, Sound, Minibeast and Plant Outdoor Exploration- £853.65

Total £5336.88


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 A Thank You card from the children

The children are participating in a 'Design a Card Competition' for us to send out as our 'Thank You for your Pledge' from the Children of Luxulyan School. A winning design will be winging it's way to you as a small token of our appreciation for your support.

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