The Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI) set up Young Engineers and Science Clubs (YESC). These are designed to grow interest and spark enthusiasm in STEM subjects by encouraging primary and secondary aged school children to have a go at fun, hands-on activities and experiments. Pupils work alongside their teachers, real engineers and scientists and put their problem-solving skills to the test in a wide range of themed investigations that will feed their curiosity and fire their imagination.
The project provides free education learning kits across a variety of STEM based subjects and with over 1,000 clubs throughout Scotland these kits are a great chance to encourage and inspire a new generation of young scientists and engineers to help meet the global energy challenge. It is hoped this project will help to increase knowledge and encourage young people’s interest in relevant industries in the future, such as the global oil and gas and energy industry.
In 2013 SCDI launched a new, exciting inter-disciplinary project on the topic of Carbon Capture and Storage in partnership with Shell, the Scottish Earth Science Education Forum and the University of Edinburgh. The project, aimed at students aged 11-14 years, involves pupils in hands-on experiments as chemists, geologists, engineers and environmental managers. Activities cover a range of disciplines including science, technology, numeracy and maths, literacy and social sciences.
To find out more visit the Young Engineers and Science Clubs website at www.yecscotland.co.uk