A brief history of FUSION
FUSION developed out of the SCI-FUN Roadshow, which in its present form has been running since 1999. The overarching objective of SCI-FUN is, in conjunction with the school curriculum, to encourage more young people to consider science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) based careers.
For pupils and teachers, the key aims of the organisation are to:
2004: PP4SS FUSION in embryo
FUSION's origins can be traced to a particle physics project, PP4SS, which is discussed in detail in the Case Studies section of the website. The successful completion of this project, in which a set of exhibits and supporting materials were designed and built by the FUSION team members, led to the later realisation that these skills could be applied elsewhere within the College.
2006: LERU establishing research links
In 2005 and 2006, SCI-FUN organised and ran the
Click here for the SCI-FUN page describing the LERU events.
2008: Working with the Centre for Regenerative Medicine
In 2008, the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM) collaborated with SCI-FUN / FUSION in the creation and delivery of a new Roadshow presentation, the Stem Cell Show, highlighting recent developments in the field, including work being undertaken by the CRM. SCI-FUN worked with the CRM to offer a Family Day event, open to the general public at Our Dynamic Earth. The event comprised stem cell exhibits, films and activities, as well as a range of SCI-FUN's own Roadshow hands-on exhibits.
The PP4SS, LERU and CRM projects were all instrumental in guiding the creation of the FUSION group. Although the FUSION and SCI-FUN staff are drawn from the same group of people, however, the FUSION name has turned out to be useful as a way of describing the work undertaken on behalf of researchers. The SCI-FUN brand is extremely well known in the wider schools community in Scotland, and people understand (and value) the services it offers. Its name is not, however, recognised as a research engagement partner, and it has therefore been useful to set up the FUSION name as an entity that can position itself as a resource to research groups, and as a liaison with the wider schools community.