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10 PRIMARY SCHOOLS TO TAKE PART IN STEM PROJECT THANKS TO FLIGHTPATH FUND

The FlightPath Fund has awarded £4350 to ensure pupils from 10 primary schools can take part in fun, interactive science activities from Generation Science.

Run by specially-trained Science Communicators from educational charity Edinburgh Science Foundation, the programme will deliver workshop kits to pupils from the schools based in Glasgow, Renfrewshire and East and West Dunbartonshire.

Full of all the items they would need to complete the workshops, as well as step-by-step videos, the kits allow pupils and teachers complete fun activities that support the Curriculum for Excellence.  

The programme will run between March and June this year and feature a series of hands-on and immersive Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities. The schools involved will be able to choose from four workshop boxes covering biology, sound, electricity and forces.

The 10 schools taking part thanks to the FlightPath Fun are:

  • Camstradden Primary, Drumchapel
  • Antonine Primary School, Drumchapel
  • Thorn Primary School, Johnstone
  • St Mary’s Primary School, Renfrew
  • Heriot Primary School, Foxbar
  • Howwood Primary School, Howwood
  • Hillhead Primary School, Kirkintilloch
  • Lairdsland Primary School, Kirkintilloch
  • St Eunan’s Primary School, Clydebank
  • Linnvale Primary School, Clydebank

Archie Hunter, Chair of the FlightPath Fund, said: “We have supported the efforts of Edinburgh Science Foundation in the past and I have witnessed first-hand how engaged pupils are in the activities associated with the Generation Science programme.

“It is absolutely vital that our children are engaged in all aspects of STEM education, so the FlightPath Fund’s Committee was really pleased to be able to ensure primary pupils across our four areas will be able to participate again this year.”

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Laura McLister, head of learning at Edinburgh Science Foundation, said: “We are delighted to receive this funding from the FlightPath Fund. Thanks to this support, we can continue our work bringing unique workshops to classrooms across Scotland that inspire pupils of all ages to engage with science, technology, engineering and maths.”

The FlightPath Fund returned in September last year by offering £70,000 to help to support community groups, charities and sustainability-themed projects local to Glasgow Airport. This year’s award pot total current stands at over £90,000.

The Fund’s committee is continuing to urge neighbouring groups and organisations to submit applications and is keen to support sustainability-themed projects aimed at improving the environment in the communities local to the airport.

The FlightPath Fund was established in 2010 to provide financial support to community groups and charities that are committed to improving the opportunities, facilities and services available to local people. Funding awards will continue to focus on three key areas:

  • Employment – We recognise the importance of making sure the future workplace is equipped with the skills that society and industry demands and, by supporting specific projects, we aim to help young people in the community reach their full potential. Awards will be given to exciting local projects that can break down barriers to employment through skills development. 
  • Environment – To underpin our commitment to making a positive contribution to the environment, the FlightPath Fund supports projects with a focus on protecting and enhancing our natural environment.
  • The FlightPath Fund supports social and educational projects which are designed to bring positive benefits and to change the lives of people in the communities we serve.

The FlightPath Fund’s committee, which includes elected representatives from each of the four local authority areas, meets on regularly throughout the year to consider all applications made and to allocate any agreed financial support.

To find out more about applying for funding support, visit: www.glasgowairport.com/community and download the application form and our funding guidelines.