Wood launches partnership with SCDI to inspire future scientists and engineers to tackle climate change

To meet Scotland’s ambitions to be a net zero nation and transition to low-carbon energy sources, the country will need to create and fill the new green jobs of the future. 

As part of a long-standing partnership between SCDI’s Young Engineers & Science Clubs (YESC), one of Scotland’s longest running STEM education initiatives, and Wood, even more pupils in Scotland will now have a chance to design their own eco school. 

Wood is funding the rollout of the ‘Climate Smarter’ Project to 30 new schools in Dundee, South Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire. These new schools will join schools currently taking part in the project across the Highlands and Fife. 

The ‘Climate Smarter’ project challenges schools to design and model a sustainable smart eco school of the future. This partnership offers:

  • 30 additional schools a competition challenge to work towards and a chance to attend a celebration event
  • Free kit and resources to support pupils and teachers and a fun learning opportunity with climate, digital skills, numeracy and literacy in-built
  • Continuous Professional Development for teachers drawing on cutting-edge industry insight
  • Volunteer opportunities for employees at Wood 
  • Pupils the chance to learn about the diverse range of careers at Wood

Sara Thiam, SCDI CEO said:

Scotland is facing a STEM skills gap. Young Engineers and Science Clubs have been inspiring young people in Scotland towards STEM careers for over 30 years. This new partnership with Wood allows us to reach even more schools in Scotland and inspire them to new careers in clean energy”

Paula Murphy, Chief Communications and Marketing Officer said:

“Delivering our net-zero ambitions will be one of the defining challenges of the next generation. This partnership aims to inspire young students to pursue a career in STEM so they can play a part in shaping the technical solutions required to drive down emissions and scale up the supply of low-carbon energy” 

Professor Mark Logan said:YESC plays an essential role within our technology ecosystem in sparking the curiosity and interest of young people in engineering and science.  It moves children from classroom theory to real-world application and gives them a taste of what it feels like to work in such an exciting industry.  TheYESC team has createdvery exciting projects that engage young people in the search for solutions to the problems that we face as a society. What could be more valuable than that?  “


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