Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has expressed her delight as the Scottish Government has announced more than £3 million investment in science that will help fire the imaginations of Scots of all ages.
“This is wonderful news, especially for East Kilbride which has such a tradition of science and engineering. This new funding means we can inspire even more people from the town to continue the Hunter Brother’s legacy.
“Just last week I was with pupils from Calderglen High School who were finalists in the national GO4SET Engineering Challenge. The competition was won by St Andrew’s and St Bride’s the year before and it was delightful to see East Kilbride schools continue to be finalists for such competitions.”
Commenting on the funding package, Science Minister Dr Alasdair Allan said:
“The activities the Scottish Government are supporting with a total of £3.23 million highlights our country’s science strengths and legacy; we should all feel proud of areas where Scotland leads the world, for example in engineering, life, space, plant and animal sciences.”
“From the steam engine to the search for the Higgs boson, Scotland continues to play an important role in the ongoing history of science, engineering and technological advances. Making science accessible to the public through a range of activities and events will help ensure that future generations are inspired to continue this legacy.”
Picture is of Linda and Calderglen High School pupils at the GO4SET Engineering Challenge
Funding for 2013-14 includes:
* £2.53 million for the four Scottish science centres
* £251,000 for 19 science festivals
* £250,000 for Talking Science grants
* £200,000 to support young people learning science, technology, engineering and maths at school, through shows, workshop activities or in clubs.
Glasgow Science Centre – http://www.glasgowsciencecentre.org
Satrosphere Science Centre – http://www.satrosphere.net
Further details of science festivals funded by the Scottish Government: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Business-Industry/science/Scienceengagement/sciencefestivals
Further details of projects funded under the Talking Science grant scheme: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Business-Industry/science/Scienceengagement/engagement-grants/winners