Science | Technology | Engineering | Art | Mathematics
Our attitude to science, technology, engineering, art and maths (S.T.E.A.M.) has completely transformed over the past decade. As the last recession started to bite, the popularity of Steam courses shot up, along with the CAO points requirements. But what is it all about and can you build a career in it?
Science is a way to try to understand our universe and we use the language of Mathematics to describe it. Engineering and Technology take that knowledge and its language to improve our lives while the Arts provide a way to express and communicate it in our society. It's more important than ever to nurture the next generation of innovators and inspire young people to enter the exciting world of discovery and learning.
This is the philosophy which we use to curate Science Gallery Shop and here's a selection of our favourite gift ideas to inspire curious minds of all ages.
What better way to introduce someone to science then with a big book of facts? Sure, you could just google it in 0.46 seconds but where's the fun in that? A solid book of scientific facts will always stay on your bookshelf.
The human body is truly wondrous. Not just how it looks, but how it works! From head to toe, skin to bone, and everywhere in between.
Physics is the study of everything - matter, motion, energy and forces. From the teeny tiny - the smallest particles and atoms to absolutely YUGE - the largest stars and the universe.
Chemistry is one of the most spectacular sciences in the world - potions, reactions, explosions - it's magic! These gifts are sure to get a positive reaction!
Technology is the future but it's not just for the coding wizards or the spaceship engineers. We believe the best way to get excited about new technology is to start with play - we love these kits, full of lights, sounds and ROBOTS!
What are Engineers? Well, it turns out that they're all kinds of people doing all kinds of deadly work! Learning how to problem solve, designing, testing, failing, redesigning, re-testing, and, sometimes, failing again.
Art is the newest addition to STEM and we believe it has been the missing ingredient. The tagline of Science Gallery is 'Where Art and Science collide'. We believe they are the same thing, Science = Art. Both science and art are human attempts to understand and describe the world around us. The subjects and methods have different traditions, and the intended audiences are different, but the motivations and goals are fundamentally the same.
There is a joke that 5 out of 4 people struggle with mathematics and it's not far wrong - many of us are confused by all the symbols, notations, theorems, and axioms. In fact, the essence of mathematics is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple.
At Science Gallery Shop, we believe a gift can be more than a quick thrill - gifts can educate, inspire and spark a lifelong passion for learning. Check out our full collection here.
And if you wonder where these gateway gifts will lead? Astronaut, architect, computer analyst, software developer, mathematician, doctor, biomedical engineer, environmental engineer, food scientist, microbiologist, nuclear engineer, zoologist, wildlife biologist, forester, physicist, chemist, rocket scientist, science teacher, psychologist, graphic designer and wind turbine technician are among the roles available in this diverse sector. So, what’s it to be?