STEM & Community Engagement

As a world-leading organisation with engineering, innovation and technology at its heart, ORE Catapult is passionate about STEM and community engagement within its local communities to deliver inspiring, meaningful and impactful social benefit.

With locations throughout the UK, our STEM and community engagement programmes are aligned to engage with and meet the respective needs of local education and community partners.

To date, we have provided STEM engagement for thousands of young learners, joined national STEM programmes and embedded our organisation as a key member of community groups. We provide STEM and community engagement in a number of different ways from our locations, including Glasgow, Levenmouth, Blyth, Grimsby and Pembrokeshire.


STEM Initiatives

Some of our recent work in these areas include:


With our HQ based in Glasgow, ORE Catapult has been involved in broad range of STEM careers events and activities with regional stakeholders for many years, some examples include:

  • Working with DYW (Developing the Young Workforce) across Scotland, including through DYW Live and Career Pathways.
  • Creating resources with partners at the University of Glasgow and Falkirk Community Trust
  • Sponsoring a Glasgow School to participate in the First Lego League Challenge
  • Supporting the EDT engineering Cadet awards programmes


As owners of the Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine that operates close to the Levenmouth community, ORE Catapult is in partnership with Levenmouth Academy to directly support its STEM provision for young learners at the school:

  • Funding a full-time STEM Principal Teacher to drive STEM engagement across all years
  • Sponsoring investment in new VR kit to enhance STEM teaching resources
  • Funding STEM clubs and activities
  • Providing bursaries and mentoring to students moving on to read STEM subjects at Higher Education
    • Levenmouth Academy STEM Bursary Student, Amy Henderson, has written a series of blogs about her time at UniversityREAD AMY’S BLOGS HERE


ORE Catapult’s presence in Blyth is significant. Home to the National Renewable Energy Centre – made up of the largest test and validation facilities in the world – Catapult is very visible to its community and has extensive outreach programmes as a result:

  • A founding member of the Blyth STEM Hub, delivering STEM outreach to thousands of young learners for Blyth schools and the wider South East Northumberland region
  • A member of the Blyth Town Deal board, helping to secure millions of pounds for key projects that will support Blyth’s regeneration efforts, set to attract clean energy industries and creating thousands of jobs for the town
  • A board member and sponsor of the Blyth Tall Ship project, supporting the delivery of maritime training and skills programmes for hundreds of local community members, providing pathways into work for those unemployed or retraining


Our Welsh team responsible for the Marine Energy Engineering Centre of Excellence (MEECE) and a project partner of the Milford Haven: Energy Kingdom (MH:EK) project are actively engaging young learners in offshore renewable energy and hydrogen opportunities:

  • Created hydrogen resources to teach Key Stage 2 & 3 students, available on the MH:EK website
  • Working with Pembrokeshire College to develop a Destination Renewable project for Key Stage 4 learners
  • MEECE Engineering Team delivering weekly technical seminars to BTEC learners at Wales Further Education College


ORE Catapult’s Operations and Maintenance Centre of Excellence (OMCE) is located in the Port of Grimsby, with teams engaging with local education partners to deliver STEM programmes and raise awareness of offshore renewable energy opportunities, including sessions delivered with the Engineering UTC North Lincolnshire.

If you are interested in working with us, please get in touch.

Please be aware that we have limited resource and existing commitment to STEM & Community Engagement programmes so we may not be able to fulfil every request.

Contact Our Team

Lorna Bennet

Senior Engineer – Sustainability

Email Lorna Bennet

0141 559 7012

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