Dark Sky Wales


Fairwood Trust has jointly funded a project designed to inspire young minds in the areas of science, technology, engineering and maths activities.

Based in Wales, the Dark Sky Wales Education Services (DSW) is a social enterprise that was established to provide science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) workshops to schools and other educational establishments.

Since its inception DSW has developed new and innovative ways to engage students with STEM subjects and promote awareness of career pathways sometimes perceived as ‘boring’ or ‘geeky’.

In January 2012  Fairwood Trust awarded DSW a grant to fund workshops across primary schools in the Rhondda Valleys, it has since been granted a second grant to extend the project.

Thirty primary schools have been involved in the project with more than 900 pupils, aged four to six, participating in the mixed educational workshops.

Fairwood Trust also provided support for the Lunar Robot Challenge competition, which searched for Rhondda’s top junior robot builders.

Dark Sky Wales Manager Allan Trow said: “We are delighted at the success of the Dark Sky Wales project which has only been achieved through the support of Fairwood Trust, who provided us with the resources to undertake such an exciting and worthwhile project.”