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27 March 2008

STEVENSON WELCOMES FINANCIAL BOOST FOR SCIENCE ENGAGEMENT SCHEMES IN BANFF AND BUCHAN

Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson today welcomed the SNP Governments announcement that thirty-six science projects across Scotland are to receive funding through the Science Engagement scheme. Of the thirty-six science projects, eight will be based in and around the Banff and Buchan area. The small grants scheme will see a variety of projects receive a share of the £615,000 funding boost.

Among the benefactors will be TechFest-SetPoint a registered charity that looks to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics to schools and the wider community and which has previously been active in the Banff and Buchan area.

Speaking today Mr Stevenson said:

"I am delighted to hear that many worthwhile projects will benefit from this allocation of small grant funds. It is important that community level projects which encourage children and their parents to take part in science activities receive adequate funding to continue their fantastic work.

"In an increasingly competitive and global workplace it is essential that the people of Banff and Buchan keep ahead of the game in terms of scientific and technological expertise. Creating opportunities for our young people to actively engage in science projects in a fun and didactic manner can only encourage further interest and uptake in this important subject area.

"The SNP is fully aware of the importance in encouraging the younger generation to pursue science subjects at school and we intend to introduce a Scottish science baccalaureate that will help us achieve this. We are confident the young people of Banff and Buchan will benefit from increased engagement with such an important subject and that this can stimulate further academic interest in the sciences. "
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