Rural Children's Science & Coding Centre in Dorset

by Chris Ryu in Marnhull, Dorset, England

Rural Children's Science & Coding Centre in Dorset

Our new Youth Centre will be home to a Planetarium, Science Clubs, Coding lessons (Adults too!), Art Classes, Robot Building and much more!

by Chris Ryu in Marnhull, Dorset, England

We did it
On 28th December 2016 we successfully raised £7,547 with 14 supporters in 42 days

UPDATE: We've relisted this project to get the rest of the funding: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/dorset-science-technology-centre

Thanks to the help of our backers we recently crowdfunded a mobile planetarium for our science & coding club to take to rural schools. The impact of this has been incredible! We've also been able to have stands at local festivals where children (and adults) can come in and watch a space-themed show. Now we need your help to take our club to the next level...

The Dorset Science & Coding Centre

We plan on opening a 1,000sqft (minimum) centre to house our mobile planetarium, green screen, educational equipment, etc and allow us to hold more frequent events/clubs. 

The Centre (predominantly run by volunteers) will open throughout children's holidays and will also open during term-time in the evenings and at weekends. Along with dedicated areas for dinosaurs, space, art and coding, we will have an open area for group activities.

Activities at the centre include:

  • Coding clubs
  • Science Days and clubs
  • Space zone with models, artifacts, etc
  • Dinosaur zone with models, artifacts, archaeology, etc 
  • Technology zone with electronic kits, robot making, etc
  • Green screen area for fun portraits, videos for our upcoming app (donated) and shows produced by the children
  • Art club (using space, dinosaurs, etc to encourage a love of art)
  • Our planetarium shows
  • Safe surfing lessons for adults
  • Tablet lessons for the elderly
  • Evening Astronomy club
  • Children's parties
  • Space Cadets Club - similar to Army Cadets, but for those wishing to be Astronauts/Aerospace Engineers, etc 
  • Store to buy educational toys
  • Second-hand microscopes, telescopes, etc making them more affordable

Eventually we hope to have a fixed planetarium in place, but initially we will use our mobile planetarium.

Why we're doing this...

The support for STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) is increasing in the UK and the government recognises the importance on these subjects. However, particularly with Coding, teachers are having to learn at the same time as the children, so how can we expect them to inspire the children? Put someone who uses code in their day job in front of them and things become more engaging, and more valuable. Rural areas like ours tend to have a lot of smaller primary schools, often run by the village church. It's unfair on these schools to expect them to have specialists in the STEM fields and the latest equipment, but the children in rural schools still need that experience and role models.

We've already seen the impact of taking our mobile planetarium & artifacts into school and we know the value of code clubs on these rural children. Help us take this one-step further.

The Crowdfunder Campaign

We hope to receive good support from our local councils on this project, but we need to look at all sources. £10K is the absolute minimum we need to open the centre, but we have various stretch goals, which we'll update you on throughout this campaign.

The Premises

Update 2nd December: We've now found an ideal location in the centre of town. It's within budget and next to a community cafe for the parents to hang-out! We have 2 options in the same building, but hope that we can have the ground floor to allow for easy access.

The Rewards

About the Atom Club

Atom Club is in the process of becoming a registered charity with the purpose of supporting Science & Coding education for children from all backgrounds and areas.

We already have a planetarium, a successful online store, artifacts including meteorites and models, subscription boxes and are soon to launch a free app. The app was kindly donated by our sister company: The Honest Agency. It brings together hundreds (eventually thousands) of science experiments and coding lessons for children to do at home.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£1 or more

£1 Reward

Thank you for believing in our project! We really appreciate it. It'd be amazing if you could share the project on social media, so we can attract more pledges.

£2 or more

0 of 50 claimed

£2 Reward

Highly Discounted! Galaxy Necklace from the range on our website, saving over 60%!

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Thank you for believing in our project! Every little helps with a project like this and we'll ensure the money is used wisely

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A thank you for believing in our project! We really appreciate your help in getting us to our target.

£13 or more

£13 Reward

You'll receive one of our space themed subscription boxes. It's crammed full of science experiments, a coding project, facts, jokes and everything you need is in the box!

£13 or more

0 of 30 claimed

£13 Reward

A 3D Space Puzzle - 5 models to choose from!

£20 or more

2 of 10 claimed

£20 Reward

You'll receive a large Tektite Meteorite in a display box

£50 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£50 Reward

You'll get a unique 3D printed large paper-weight that shows the planets of the solar system to scale against the sun. This is Atom Club branded and not available anywhere else.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

The complete space 3D puzzle collection! 5 highly detailed models that require no glue. They include the Saturn V rocket, the Mars Rover and even the Lunar Lander

£80 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£80 Reward

As above - you'll get a unique 3D printed paper-weight, but this time with an additional logo of your choice added

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Ultimate Space Collection! You'll get the complete set of 3D space puzzles, a limited edition 3D puzzle of the International Space Station, plus 2 highly detailed metal model kits of the Lunar Lander and Mars Rover. You'll also get a unique Atom Club gift!

£150 or more

0 of 10 claimed

£150 Reward

Children's Science Party (Perfect for Birthdays) at the Centre for up to 10 children

£300 or more

£300 Reward

Just incredible! Thank you so much! We'll do a day of Space Talks at a Dorset School of your choice, or prepare a special classroom Space education box for any school in the UK.

£300 or more

£300 Reward

We'll take our mobile planetarium to a Dorset School of your choice for the day. The children can watch highly immersive 3D films and learn all about our lovely place in the galaxy.

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£500 Reward

Sponsorship: Main Group Telescope Plenty of branding here and your logo on the telescope. Press release and a presence on our website and printed materials.

£500 or more

2 of 1 claimed

£500 Reward

Sponsorship: 3D Printing You logo on the 3D printer, a press release, our website and printed materials You'll also get a custom made gift with your logo on.

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£500 Reward

Sponsorship: 3D Printing You logo on the 3D printer, a press release, our website and printed materials You'll also get a custom made gift with your logo on.

£750 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£750 Reward

Sponsorship: Technology Zone Have your logo all over the technology zone, press releases and on our website.

£850 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£850 Reward

Sponsorship: Space Zone Your logo in our display cabinet, website, in the space zone and in all Space Boxes we ship. We'll use your funds to buy models of the planets, a working Orrery and increase our range of meteorites.

£1,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£1,000 Reward

Sponsorship: The Store! You'll have your logo all over the store area of the centre, on the website and included in our deliveries (currently 50/week). As a major sponsor, you'll be included in press releases and one will be sent specifically about your donation.

£1,000 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£1,000 Reward

Wow! A huge thank you from the Atom Club Volunteers! You can choose one of the centre areas to sponsor and have your logo there. We'll add you to our press releases, our website, follow you on social media and generally just shout your name

£2,500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£2,500 Reward

Sponsorship: Dinosaur Zone Your name on our dinosaur zone, including the life-size model(s) we plan on sourcing to have at various publicity events around the town. There will of course be huge opportunities for PR!

£8,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£8,000 Reward

Headline Sponsor! Dorset Science & Technology Centre in Association with XXXXXXX Name above the door, signage around the centre, inclusion on stationary, heavy presence on the website, literature in our deliveries (currently 50/week), several press releases and even hold your own event at the centre free of charge.

Got an idea like this?

Our crowd has raised over £55 million for bright ideas and good causes.