Background to scheme
The ASSECs programme was created by the Government in March 2006 to inspire Key Stage 3 students (ages 11-14) to learn and enjoy science and engineering in an extra-curricular setting. This was in direct response to the concerns of employers regarding a shortage of science and technology skills within the workforce. Originally, 250 clubs piloted the scheme. This expanded to 500 clubs in September 2008 due to its notable success.
A consortium of partners was involved in the ASSECs pilot. The partners included:
- The Association for Science Education
Providing Field Officer support for the Clubs Coordinator.
- British Science Association
Employing a dedicated Clubs Coordinator and developing a Clubs website.
- Association for Science and Discovery Centres
Developing a Clubs-specific handbook on how to run a science and engineering club.
- Network of Science Learning Centres
Providing Club leaders and teachers with Clubs-specific training.
- Specialist Schools and Academies Trust
Providing expertise on science and technology specialist schools.
STEMNET managed the ASSECs project on behalf of the consortium.