All About STEM: UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Funding, Resources & Events
November 28th 2019

All About STEM: UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Funding, Resources & Events

All About STEM supports inclusion and equality for all!

The 3rd of December is the official date for the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This year, IDPD focuses on the ’empowerment of persons with disabilities for inclusive, equitable and sustainable development’. This focuses on education, growth, employment, inequality, & accessibility.

With this in mind, we would like to share a range of STEM resources, funding opportunities & events. These include challenges, awards & activities that encourage children to think about disabilities, sensory considerations, equality & inclusion. There are also guides for schools on learning environments and teaching along with links to our accessible flagship event and a family friendly festival.


CREST – Funding for young people underrepresented in STEM
CREST offers funding for young people who are underrepresented in STEM. These grants are available in rounds and the current round is open, you can apply here.

Ford Britain Trust
Ford Britain Trust have small grants of up to £250 for work supporting activities with clear benefit to the community, work with young people/children, schools, special educational needs, those with disabilities. Applications are invited from registered charities, schools/PTAs, not for profit organisations (including small clubs and societies).

Awards for All
Awards for All award grants of between £300 and £10,000 for schools, and voluntary/community organisations in the UK running projects that enable people to take part in art, sport, heritage or community activities, or promote education, the environment or health in the local community.

Educational Grants Advisory Service
The Educational Grants Advisory Service helps students who are over 16, “taking their first steps on the educational ladder”, primarily assisting students who cannot receive statutory funding. Priority is given to lone parents, disabled students, refugees & people from underprivileged backgrounds. Call 0207 241 7459 for more information.


CREST Superstar Challenge: Playground Games (P130) 7-11 Years
This activity is designed to get children thinking about disabilities and creating games that are accessible and inclusive. Design games taking into account the needs of different players.

Enrich My Classroom (Discovery Award) 10-14 Years
Design the classroom of the future using new materials & digital tools to improve the learning environment.

Design a Games Controller (Bronze Award) 11+
Use ergonomics to design a games controller.

Make Your Own Toothpaste (Bronze Award) 11+
Experiment with different ingredients to find the best recipe.

Silver Award: Grand Challenges 11+
Ageing Society & Future of Mobility Projects

Testing Toothpastes (Silver Award) 14+
Make your own toothpaste.

Gold Award: Grand Challenges 16+
Ageing Society & Future of Mobility Projects

Youth Industrial Strategy Competition 11-19 Years

The Youth Industrial Strategy Competition is a new national STEM initiative that aims to inspire and challenge young people aged 11 to 19.

Focused around the four Grand Challenges of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy – Artificial Intelligence, ageing society, clean growth and future mobility, the competition calls on students to come up with innovative solutions that have the potential to change our future industries, society and the environment.

More CREST resources

STEM Learning: Sensor Solutions
This activity, from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), introduces students to how we see communications developing to help others.

STEM Learning: Sports facilities for disabled people
In this challenge students are asked to produce a 10 minute presentation highlighting their research on the sports facilities available to disabled people now and their recommendations to increase disability sports that are available in their school and local area.

STEM Learning: Producing a Design for a Living Area for a Disabled Client
In this project, students use Autodesk Homestyler to design a living space for a disabled client. The design must include a ground floor living space with outdoor landscape.

STEM Learning: Designing for disabled children & children with special educational needs
Children and young people need attractive, accessible school buildings. ‘Inclusive’ design can enable and empower those with SEN and disabilities to participate fully in life at school and in the wider community. This building bulletin draws together information to help everyone involved in designing these schools to work together to produce good quality, sustainable school premises.

STEM Learning: Science for Secondary aged pupils with Special Educational Needs and or disability (SEND)
A wide-ranging guide which will be of use to teachers in mainstream and special schools. There are sections on teaching science to students with cognitive and learning difficulties, behavioural and emotional difficulties, communication difficulties, sensory and physical difficulties and hypersensitivity.

STEM Learning: Computing for students with complex SEND needs CY700
Discover practical and engaging ideas for teaching the computing curriculum to your learners with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

SEND Code of Practice / Teaching & Learning – Government Guidelines


The Big Bang North West 2020 – Exhibition Centre Liverpool

The Big Bang North West 2020 is now open for booking. It is the biggest STEM celebration in the region with fire shows, dry ice, gadgets, robots, coding, forensics, creatures, slime, medical magic and so much more!

Learners from Primary (Year 5 & 6), Secondary & Sixth Form are welcome & schools can choose a morning or afternoon visit.

The Big Bang North West offers a registered BSL interpreter for all performances & awards. The event takes place at Exhibition Centre Liverpool which is fully accessible.

Further information

Festival of Discovery – Wales

The Festival of Discovery is a 2 day fun packed family festival on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey.

Join in with getting on the water, bush craft workshops, circus skills, fun with science and maths, explore your senses, bubble factories and folk music! 

This event is managed by Digwyddiadau Sbarc CIC, a Community Interest Company whose main objective is to promote and ensure that all families including all with disability conditions (visible and hidden) enjoy their activities.

Further information

SCHOOLS: The Big Bang North West 2020 is open for booking!

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