About Devon science
Devon Science is a reliable, inspiring & experienced science outreach company dedicated to bringing educational, exciting science to our customers.
Led by Ruth, a (real!) scientist, we are a knowledgeable science education company and can provide information regarding working in scientific fields too.
We work across the southwest (Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Dorset) and beyond to introduce children to science – we love what we do and our customers do too.
Our creative science shows, workshops and events enable learning in an inspirational & fun environment.
Our vision is that community members have a lifelong passion for curiosity, imagination & investigation.
Our mission is to create fun, inspiring science learning accessible to all families in the community.
How our science outreach began
It is a well-publicised problem that there is a substantial skills shortage in the STEM – science, technology, engineering and maths – areas in the UK.
As a scientist I find this ahuge shame, because science can be incredibly engaging, absorbing and rewarding. On a national level, this is a serious problem for the future, where Britain will rely on its expertise in the STEM skills to compete in the worldwide marketplace.
Addressing that problem starts with our newest generation. If young people can experience science in a fun, hands-on way, from an early age – then maybe we can light a spark that could last a life time.
With this in mind, we do our bit by visiting primary schools, running community events, teaching home educated children as well as leading science entertainment at parties in order to introduce as many kids as we can to how exciting science can be.
We started off as Sciencedipity Community Interest Company in 2014, and became Devon Science in 2023.
Listen to Ruth chatting to the Microbiology Society (for who she is a champion), about it all began!
Qualified, Experienced and Reliable
Ruth MacLaren BSc QTLS FHEA is our head scientist and teacher. She leads all of Devon Science’s sessions personally, providing the sort of enthusiasm and expertise that effective teaching needs.
Ruth’s core experience is split between science and teaching – she is a Biomedical Scientist and a qualified teacher who has been leading lessons and workshops for years.
Devon Science operates with a small team of staff running events and parties.
For your peace of mind, we are fully insured, DBS checked, safeguarding trained and stringent on our data protection. You can rely on us to provide all of our workshops and clubs safely – every time.