Funding aids growth of STEM subjects

New funding to support Argyll and Bute’s next generation of engineers, scientists and IT experts will help boost the area’s future economic growth prospects.

The Council’s Digital Learning Team has received £100,000 funding through the UK Government’s Community Renewal Fund (UK CRF) - a fund created to promote development of high quality Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) materials.

Schools across Argyll and Bute will receive a package of support materials to assist young people studying a range of STEM subjects. The materials, called the Curiosity Labs and created by Glasgow Science Centre, are focused on key areas for Argyll and Bute’s future economic growth – cyber security, renewable energy, engineering and physics and biology and marine science.

They include materials such as documents for experiments, videos and PowerPoint presentations, a number of which were made using state-of-the-art 3D and laser printing technology.

The Council’s Policy Lead for Education, Councillor Yvonne McNeilly, said: “Providing the best possible support for young people studying these key subject areas is essential to Argyll and Bute’s future economic success and the creation of career opportunities and skilled employment.

“The high quality STEM materials which this new funding has delivered will be hugely beneficial in helping our teachers encourage our next generation of talented engineers and scientists.”

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