It's our birthday! Five years ago this week Science2U was officially registered as a company and Helen and I began trading
It didn't seem real at first - we had a bit of trouble finding a name - we were "science in a van" for quite a few days but then realised we probably hadn't got enough money for a van so after much thought Science2U was born - great idea Rob - thank you!
Creating our website took time but was easy - we wanted a site that reflected us - bright, enthusiastic and friendly. I think we've nailed that one!
Coming up with shows to share was easy - we knew what we enjoyed and the ideas bubbled up. Searching for resources was fun, finding everyday things that we could use in science, buying some "real" science equipment.
|a tiny bath used to demonstrate bath bombs|
The day we got our first booking was amazing - I didn't expect to have such a surge of joy.
The day we got our first cheque we broke open the champagne!
Bookings were quite sparse at first - mainly freebies to drum up trade but slowly word got round and we started to get a real feel that we were a proper company.
One of the early highlights for us was a two day booking in Oldham. We decided that rather than trail all the way back home after a long day we would stay overnight. A road trip!
|forces through toys at Oldham|
A trip during Science week up beyond Preston to the Ribble Valley was a real treat - at first we had no idea where we were going but when we arrived at the school in a quaint village we realised that this was something special. Brabins Endowed primary school is very very old
Working with the then MerseySTEM team took us back on the road around Cheshire and the following year around Merseyside delivering secondary shows.
Last year we worked for a whole week with IGNITE at the Ellesmere Port boat museum during Science week. Five workshops every day sharing Smart materials and making bath bombs
Working with Mexichem as a sponsor has brought us great joy because we have been able to share science with some wonderful young people at Chestnut Lodge Special School.
Our days with them have been full of laughter!
Probably one of the highlights has been appearing at BigBangNW science fair.
|2014 - total surprise to be on the show stage|
The first year we went was a total surprise - we didn't expect to be one of the main acts - so no nerves because we thought we were going to be in a small room doing a little demonstration.
We ended up on the show stage with 100s in the audience
Things have grown every year as has our show.
|dry ice finale|
Helen became the poster girl in 2015
and the 2016 photos have been seen by 1000s
We have had some amazing times and judging by British Science Week bookings for this March it looks like we many more to come
Thanks for all your support!