Tim Peake encouraging Science and Maths in Wales

17 July 2018, 10:02

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Astronaut Tim Peake is in Cardiff today.

He's helping the Welsh Government announce  £7.2m of funding to encourage more young people, particularly girls, the get into subjects like technology and maths at school. 

The astronaut, joined the Minister for Welsh Language and Lifelong Learning, Eluned Morgan, at an event organised by The Prince’s Trust Cymru at Tramshed Tech. 

They met young people involved in the youth charity’s STEM-related programmes. 

There, the Minister announced an investment of £7.2m, including £5.2m of European Union funding, for two similar projects. 

Gwynedd Council’s £1.9m STEM Gogledd and Swansea University’s £5.3m Technocamps 2 have been awarded £1.4m and £3.8m of EU funding, respectively.

Both projects will help to ensure young people, particularly girls and young women, continue STEM studies at GCSE and beyond with the aim of pursuing STEM-related careers.

Over the next four years, STEM Gogledd will work with 600 young people, 60% of them will be women, to enrich and promote STEM subjects through a range of activities that complement the mainstream curriculum within schools across Gwynedd, Anglesey and Conwy.

Technocamps 2 will work with 3,600 young people across West Wales, North Wales and the South Wales Valleys, two-thirds of whom will be female. It will target secondary schools which do not currently offer computer science as an option at GCSE, or where the subject is only recently available. The project will enable pupils in these schools to take part in workshops to build on their existing knowledge and enthusiasm for IT and computing.