Aberdeen Science Centre has received a six-figure funding boost from the Scottish Government.
The money – £287,500 – will support the popular attraction’s current projects and events, as well as fund school transport for pupils in rural and deprived areas.
Holyrood recently announced £2.63 million funding will be shared between Scotland’s four science centres in 2019-20.
Liz Hodge, chief executive at Aberdeen Science Centre, said: “The announcement of the funding available to Aberdeen Science Centre from the Scottish Government is very welcome.
“This continued financial support will enable Aberdeen Science Centre to continue and hopefully increase our high-quality Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) engagement activities with young people, families, communities and schools across north Scotland.
“The community and travel funding elements make it possible to deliver relevant STEM-focused events both in the centre and via our outreach programmes to rural and disadvantaged communities throughout our regions.”
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The science centre’s Constitution Street building is currently undergoing a £4.7m refurbishment which will double its size.
News of the funding boost was announced during British Science Week, which runs until Sunday.
The funding is part of the government’s STEM for education and training plan, which is a five-year strategy of activities to make STEM accessible to everyone.
Chief scientific adviser Professor Sheila Rowan said: “Science, technology, engineering and maths impact our everyday lives, and our science centres are great places to explore, discover and nurture skills.
“Through workshops, events and hands-on exhibitions, people of all ages can engage with STEM and learn about our world and beyond.”