Extra cash will help college get word out

New science and technology projects will be organised by Forth Valley College thanks to additional funding
New science and technology projects will be organised by Forth Valley College thanks to additional funding

A funding boost will help college staff encourage more young people to think about a career in science and technology.

More than 100 events for young people and adults will be held at Forth Valley campuses during the 2013/14 session thanks to the Talking Science Grant from the Scottish Government.

The college received £10,000 to raise awareness of science and technology.

A diverse programme has been drawn up with a wide range of activities, including various community-focused events such as shopping centre workshops, short programmes for childminders, a campus computer evening programme and a science badge workshop for Scout and Beaver groups.

Schools will be offered teacher training sessions, specialist project workshops and an opportunity to have the college’s science squad visit.

The college will also offer two new pilots – a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) club for young people and a Socrates club, providing the chance to get involved in moral discussions regarding various science topics.

Another key focus will be encouraging more women to become interested in STEM subjects and go on to a career in this field.

Joanna McGillivray, the college’s head of applied science and computing, said: “We have a strong focus on promoting the range of 
training and employment 
opportunities available in the science and technology 
industries.

“We are delighted to receive this funding as it will 
allow us to take science into the community and reach new audiences through a 
variety of fun and inspirational activities.

“The aim is to stimulate interest and encourage even more people to consider pursuing a career in these areas.”