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Science comes to life for Welsh pupils

10/04/2012 Joanna
Science and mathematics teaching in Wales has been given a boost after the government announced plans to provide more funding for education programmes in the core subjects.

A total of £1.65 million has been provided to fund the programmes run by Techniquest and Techniquest Glyndwr, helping to expand the programmes they offer in Welsh schools.

As a result, Welsh primary and secondary teachers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects will see their pupils take part in the innovative programme.

They have been designed to encourage their participation in the subjects and boost their performance.

Leighton Andrews, ministers for education and skills in Wales, said that the new funding would help the two organisations to get pupils engaged in STEM subjects.

"One of the key aims of our Science for Wales strategy is to foster a passion for the STEM subjects from an early age," he said.

"By stimulating pupils' interest early, we can ensure that more of our young people go on to excel in this area and consider science, maths, technology or engineering as the basis for future careers."

Tecniquest, which has been given £1.3 million of funding, will carry out a range of science theatre activities in primary schools, aimed at encouraging Key Stage 2 pupils to carry out in-depth exploration of scientific topics.

Teachers will also be given digital cameras to document the lessons and refer back to in later classroom sessions.

Techniquest Glyndwr, meanwhile, will carry out a programme for Key Stage 3 pupils designed to improve their PISA tests by providing two solid days of STEM activities for talented Wrexham secondary school pupils.

The latter programme will be carried out at 21 different schools for up to 1,890 pupils, while a final project delivered at 30 schools will reach as many as 1,500 pupils.

For this, pupils will take part in an industry-based workshop before visiting a real-life workplace to see the theory in practice.

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