The RAiSE programme aims to encourage young people into science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) careers, through the appointment of primary science development officers in each local authority to improve teacher confidence in delivering inspiring science learning.
The initiative started in West Dunbartonshire, Moray, East Ayrshire, Edinburgh and Highland in 2016 and has now been expanded to include Angus, Aberdeenshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Fife and Glasgow.
A three year pilot, RAiSE has so far received over £550,000 of funding from the Scottish Government and The Wood Foundation to support its delivery since 2016. Participating local authorities are also contributing financially to the programme.
Science Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville visited Blackhall Primary School in Edinburgh to see how it had developed its science curriculum through RAiSE and said:
“We want every child in Scotland to experience the wonder and excitement of STEM and one of the key aspirations announced in this week’s Programme for Government is for Scotland to be a leader in the invention and manufacturing of digital, high tech and low carbon innovations that will shape the future.