Alice Draper, STEM Project Officer

I joined the team at The Oxford Trust in September 2021 as STEM Project Officer. I run the Saturday Science Clubs for families every month and support the rest of the Outreach team with school shows and workshops. During the week I might be testing out a new activity for a club, getting all the equipment together and planning new club themes and experiments. I’ve been getting to know the shows and workshops we take out to schools in the region, and will be presenting myself.

My main focus is on running our brilliant Saturday Science Clubs. I am responsible for testing and planning fun new club themes and activities which will introducing families to different types of science and investigation. Working with families during clubs is great, I love seeing children and adults talk and work together to discover and enjoy different types of science. Working with many different schools across the county gives a lot of variation to my role.

Previously, I was a Scientist in Residence at Lab_13 Irchester. I got to work with children and encourage them to answer their own questions in school by running experiments and investigations. It was great to see the creativity and curiosity of primary aged pupils, harnessing it to show every child they can be a scientist!

Outside work, I’ve been a member of a rowing club since I was at university; having gone through the high-level competition phase I now focus on rowing and racing for fun, as well as coaching and introducing the sport to beginners. My shelves at home are well stocked with books and games, my favourite author is probably Terry Pratchett. I’ve got most of the 40-odd Discworld books and am currently rereading them all before finally getting to his last published book.

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