Forty-five science projects are to share pound;650,000 from the Scottish Government's Science Engagement Scheme, designed to make science more accessible.
The funding was announced by Education Secretary Fiona Hyslop earlier this month when she visited Edinburgh Zoo to see one of the winning projects - the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland's Wild Bus. The society, which owns Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park, has been given pound;35,000 to enable a converted, double-decker bus to tour primary and secondary schools and give 15,000 pupils the opportunity to take part in animal- based science workshops. Among the recipients are:
- Citadel Youth Centre in Leith, Edinburgh - pound;7,203 for science activities and mentoring by STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) ambassadors for 150 dis-advantaged pupils;
- Clyde River Foundation - pound;3,795 for "Meet your River" activities for 150 primary pupils in deprived villages or towns along the Clyde valley, highlighting the science in their local river habitats;
- Earth Sciences Trust - pound;22,735 for activities in primaries to explain carbon capture technology to 400 pupils living near the power stations involved; they will then become "peer explainers" about carbon capture at a public event for 4,000 people at the 2010 Edinburgh International Science Festival;
- Glasgow Science Centre - pound;34,320 for the development and delivery of activities for 6,200 pre-school children in a new dedicated area which will also be used by parents and people with additional support needs;
- Scottish Schools Equipment Research Centre (SSERC) - pound;27,162 for Gene Jury Remote, workshops and discussions for 1,500 primary and secondary pupils on genetics and ethical implications of research.