ABERDEEN SCIENCE CENTRE SHARES SLICE OF CALA COMMUNITY BURSARY FOR OUTREACH PROJECT
Friday, 01 December 2017
Aberdeen Science Centre has purchased new transportable equipment for its Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) outreach project with a £1,000 donation from CALA’s community bursary.
The organisation delivers STEM sessions in communities across Aberdeen designed for all ages and abilities.
The equipment will also help Aberdeen Science Centre extend its presence at a number of local events including the Aberdeen Highland Games and Dennis Law’s Family Day.
Liz Hodge, CEO at Aberdeen Science Centre, said: “Generally people from areas where our outreach is offered do not engage with STEM due to factors such as financial or transportation barriers, they feel that STEM ‘isn’t for them’ or is not relevant to their lives.
‘By providing the outreach programme we hope people feel more confident in engaging with STEM and realise that STEM is relevant to them – from stories in the media which impact their lives to medical decisions.”
Aberdeen Science Centre is one of 11 local groups to receive a share of CALA Homes’ £10,000 community bursary.
Naomi Fraser, Office Manager for CALA Homes (North), visited the centre to meet staff and learn more about the new equipment.
She said: “This superb outreach programme is helping to provide locals with the opportunity to expand their knowledge as well as boost their confidence.
“I had the chance to meet a group of youngsters at the centre who were having great fun using some of the new equipment. It was fantastic to see the positive impact of CALA’s donation first hand.”
Other successful community bursary applicants include 17th Aberdeen Scout Group, Seaton Community Church, Pitscurry Day Service, SensationALL, Community Food Initiative North East (CFINE), Sunrise Partnership, GCRA, Alzheimer Scotland, CHAS, and Aberdeen Riding Club.