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Your local science outreach non-profit CIC.

Based in Barnstaple, North Devon, Sciencedipity is a reliable, experienced Community Interest Company (CIC) dedicated to bringing fun science to children across the county!


Fun / Inspirational / Learning / Creative / Community
Our community-based, creative science events enable learning in an inspirational & fun environment.


Our vision is that community members have a lifelong passion for curiosity, imagination & investigation.


Our mission is to create fun, inspirational science learning experiences accessible to all families in the community.

We have been awarded the highest quality assurance rating from the Institute of Children’s Activity Providers (ICAP)

What is a Community Interest Company?

We are a type of non-profit organisation, called a Community Interest Company. This is a company that supports the community, and does not to pursue personal advantage and we strongly believe that reflects our central values. In practical terms, being a CIC helps us to keep costs for our clients very low.

We work across Devon and the South West to introduce children to science – we love what we do and our customers do too!

“Sciencedipity really brought science to life and made it relevant and exciting.” Gill, Crediton

“They came home enthused with lots of bit and pieces they had made and experimented with. Science was completely made fun for them, which is a fantastic gift.” Mireille, Barnstaple

“at school science we always know what’s going to happen, so there’s kind of no point. But at Sciencedipity we are real scientists finding out new things for ourselves” Jacob (aged 8), Barnstaple

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How it all began.

It is a well-publicised problem that there is a substantial skills shortage in the STEM – science, technology, engineering and maths – areas.

On a personal level, this is a huge shame as science can be incredibly engaging, absorbing and rewarding. On a national level, it is a serious problem for the UK’s future.  Addressing that problem starts with the newest generation. Experiencing fun, engaging science at an early age could light a spark that lasts a life time.

We do our bit by touring around schools in Devon and the south west organising science clubs and facilitating workshops. In addition, we entertain children at science parties in order to introduce as many as we can to how exciting science can be.

Listen to Sciencedipity’s podcast with the Microbiology Society about our science outreach activities.

Click on a button below to find out about our work with schools and what we offer parents & families.
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Qualified, experienced and reliable.

Ruth MacLaren BSc QTLS FHEA BMS is our head scientist and teacher. She leads all of Sciencedipity’s sessions personally, providing the sort of enthusiasm and expertise that effective teaching needs.

Sciencedipty's founder, Ruth MacLaren
Sciencedipty’s founder, Ruth MacLaren

Ruth’s core experience is split between science and teaching – she is a Biomedical Scientist and a qualified teacher who has been leading lessons and workshops for years.

For your peace of mind, we are fully insured, DBS checked, safeguarding trained and stringent on our data protection. You can rely on us to provide all of our workshops and clubs safely – every time.

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Peace of mind.

We’ve put together the below documents for you to download. They detail our legal, health and safety policies. We know how precious your children are and that’s why we strive to maintain the highest safety standards across all of our workshops and summer schools.

Sample Risk Assessment

Safeguarding Policy

Privacy Policy

Data Protection Policy