September 5, 2008

GBP250K Will at Tract Kids to Science Centres Can Apply for Cash

SCIENCE centres in Scotland - including the Glasgow Science Centre - are to receive a GBP250,000 cash boost.

The funding is designed to help pupils become switched on to physics and engineering.

Bids will be made to the Scottish Schools Equipment Research Centre for the money which will be used as part of the Scottish Government programme, Curriculum for Excellence.

A recent survey showed too few primary four to seven pupils were achieving expected levels in science in the classroom.

It is hoped the new funding will address these concerns by improving the learning experience for young people in physical sciences and technology.

Education Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: "Scotland's economic future is increasingly dependent on science, engineering and technology.

"Our children must be inspired by the world of science and, for that to happen, they need the best teaching available."

Professor Anne Glover, the Scottish Government's chief scientifi c adviser, said the cash would help develop teachers' ability "to excite young people about science".

Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, Glasgow Science Centre, Sensation in Dundee and Satrosphere in Aberdeen will all benefit.

The announcement comes just weeks after it was revealed Glasgow Science Centre was getting its total funding cut by 40per cent - from GBP1.7million to GBP1.4m.

Originally published by Newsquest Media Group.

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