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Scotland’s science centres welcomed 723,472 visitors in 2017, Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP announced as he committed £2.625 million of funding for the coming year.

Footfall to the centres in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh Dynamic Earth and Glasgow has continued to grow year on year, with 190,000 visitors from pre-schools, schools, colleges and universities, including 40,000 supported visits involving schools in more deprived and rural areas.

Speaking ahead of a visit to Dundee Science Centre to see the new Medical Marvels exhibition and science learning suite, Mr Swinney said:

“Scotland is the only part of the UK to provide annual support to science centres, ensuring they can continue to introduce science to new audiences.

“It is fantastic to see continuing growth in visitor numbers, due in no small part to the range of interactive events on offer to attract people of all ages as well as evenings for adults, themed takeovers and local community-led activities.

Patricia Gibson MP added:

“The science centres have an important role to play in delivering our Science Technology Engineering and Maths Education and Training Strategy. I am pleased the SNP Governmen t and our science centres will continue to work together to achieve our shared goal of supporting people’s engagement with science, technology, engineering and maths throughout their lives.”

Scotland’s Chief Scientific Adviser Professor Sheila Rowan said:

“Science, technology, engineering and maths impact on our lives every day, and science centres are great places to find out more. Through hands-on exhibitions, workshops and events, people of all ages can explore science and keep learning about our world and beyond.”

STEM education and training strategy

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