Science, technology, engineering and mathematics in Scotland are to receive a boost, thanks to funding from the government.
A total of £100,000 will be allocated to national STEM programmes Generation Science and the Young Engineers and Science Clubs, with over 100,000 pupils across the country benefitting from both programmes.
Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education, Youth Employment and Training, said:
“We are working hard to ensure we maximise the number of people highly educated and skilled in STEM to adapt to the challenges of today and in the future.
“These initiatives can help inspire a generation of scientists, engineers, mathematicians and innovators, and develop the talent which will be required in our future workforce.
“We saw the critical role that STEM knowledge played in tackling the Covid pandemic through the rollout of vaccines, which have saved countless numbers of lives. We will build on that work to ensure Scotland has the tools required to guide the country to a net zero future.
“The continuation of this funding is a big step to helping make our vision for a greener and fairer Scotland a reality.”
Further funding is also to be allocated to the supporting of science festivals, further supporting the Scottish government’s STEM Education and Training Strategy. This backs up a commitment to equip young people and communities with the skills to tackle current life challenges such as climate change and health issues.