Isles schools science feast

Young Engineers and Science Clubs (YESC) Scotland are sparking foodie fever in the Western Isles, dishing up a feast of free science resources to all 26 primary and secondary schools in the area.

Ahead of the arrival of the Science on the Menu learning resource kits - developed by YESC to encourage children to take an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects - teachers will this week get their teeth in to a menu of mouth-watering investigations in fun, hands-on CPD training sessions.

The sessions will be delivered by YESC Scotland in Sgoil Lionacleit, Benbecula and the Nicolson Institute, Stornoway.

The Science on the Menu kits, funded by the Scottish Government’s Food for Thought education fund, are jam packed with science investigation equipment to provide teachers with a practical and engaging tool to help encourage primary school pupils to develop a taste for STEM.

Jane Martin, YESC Programme Director said; “Food and drink is one of Scotland’s key economic sectors, and it’s important that we nurture and inspire the next generation of food scientists, technologists and engineers.

The Science on the Menu packs have been designed to help children learn the science behind the food we eat in a fun and engaging way that will hopefully encourage young people to pursue some of the excellent opportunities the sector offers.”

The YESC programme was established by the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI), Scotland’s leading independent economic development network. It has a growing network of over 1,000 clubs throughout Scotland, with a membership of 20,000 school children.