SCOTTISH pupils have been given the chance to take part in outdoor challenges that could inspire an interest in science.
During a programme of events, funded by the ScottishPower Foundation, in partnership with SYHA Hostelling Scotland, pupils attended a two day, two-night residential course at Rowardennan Lodge Youth Hostel.
The trust hopes to inspire young people to think differently about their future pathways and to allow pupils to experience STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) subjects outside the classroom,
Ann Loughrey, Trustee and Executive Officer, ScottishPower Foundation: “Here in Scotland there is currently a shortage of pupils taking STEM subjects, yet we have a fantastic reputation for producing great scientists, inventors and engineers. Our goal is to help continue this legacy, by inspiring pupils across Scotland to continue their studies of science throughout secondary school and potentially into a career.”
“The ScottishPower Foundation is committed to supporting community programmes that inspire young people to get more out of education, arts, culture and science. SYHA offers a wide range of services to young people in Scotland and we are pleased to continue to support them.”
Keith Legge, CEO SYHA Hostelling Scotland, said: “These curriculum-led programmes offer young people the chance to venture beyond their own backyard and experience the great Scottish outdoors, but really it’s about getting them to realise their full potential, build confidence and grow self-esteem. The positive impact on the children that participate is clearly visible and for some youngsters it proves to be a life changing experience.”
Jim Sweeney, Chief Executive, YouthLink Scotland, said:“This SYHA project funded by ScottishPower Foundation, shows the true value of Outdoor Learning and a youth work approach. Young people are engaged, committed and enthusiastic and working in teams to solve practical problems – and having a great time in the process.”