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MEL Science, is an exciting new platform that brings science to life through educational kits that combine hands-on experiments with interactive VR simulations and live lessons for use at home, in afterschool clubs and at school. 

Impact Objective: Improve the educational attainment in science subjects of secondary school aged children through higher engagement and active learning. 

This is our first investment since Nesta published its new strategy earlier this month, featuring the fairer start mission. MEL Science delivers safe and engaging chemistry experiments for kids whether in the home or in the classroom. The subscription or per kit service of particular benefit to children who don’t already have good access to well equipped science labs. 

Manish Miglani, who led this investment for Nesta said:

“The attainment gap is high in science for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds and in disadvantaged schools. Our due diligence reinforced that this leads to both lower science take-up and lower attainment, and key reasons have been lack of resources. There is also evidence of gender imbalances in STEM education. Therefore, there is a real need for a product like MEL Science to make science more accessible and engaging, specifically in secondary schools, and increase weaker pupil interest in science, all at a cost aligned with budget-stretched schools.” 

Vassili Philippov, Founder and CEO of MEL Science commented: 

“MEL Science is on a journey to build a new class of science education platform. One of our areas for growth is to deepen our educational impact. We want kids who use our products to be more curious and seek to solve problems. We want our kids to think like a scientist, to do better in exams, to study science at university and maybe even become scientists in future. We know society needs more scientific literacy for mankind to have a sustainable future. We are delighted Nesta is joining us on this journey. We hope Nesta’s support can help MEL Science deepen its impact with schools, after-school clubs and other institutions around the world.”

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