The organisation awarded the Raising Aspirations in Science Education (RAiSE) programme £18,000 to purchase Meccano, coding creatures, minicomputers, toolkits, and workbenches.
These will be distributed to 19 schools, benefitting more than 1500 children.
Colin Nisbet, RAiSE Education Support Officer in Orkney, will deliver training to all schools on how to make the most of the resources, as well as developing resources to support learning experiences and opportunities. He said:
“This funding award is incredibly welcome. We want to bring STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) to life for our children. Educational toys and kits help to spark curiosity, ambition, and problem-solving skills in fun and accessible ways.
“I am going to work alongside our schools to offer training, advice, and ideas so we can get the most from these very valuable resources.”
In an effort to support the local economy, Colin has purchased the Meccano sets through Grooves in Kirkwall.
The sets will promote engineering through play, programming digital technology, and the use of tools. Local businesses will be profiled within the support materials and schools will be encouraged to connect with industry to further bring these lessons to life.