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AMAZON Donate To School's Science, Technology, Engineering And Maths Activities

A CAMPAIGN led by the British Science Association to inspire pupils in Inverclyde to embrace STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects was given a boost by the local Amazon team.

The fulfilment centre in Gourock made a £2,000 donation to help fund science equipment for Inverclyde Academy, Greenock during a week of scientific activities.

The school welcomed the donation during the British Science Association’s British Science Week as part of the Amazon in the Community programme, whereby the company supports communities in and around where it operates in the UK.

To mark the donation, Amazon team members visited the school to learn about its current STEM programmes and meet some of the teachers and pupils.

The school will use the money to expand its STEM lunchtime clubs. It plans to introduce LEGO WeDo sets to allow pupils to build and programme a robot using coding. It is also looking to invest in experiences that will allow it to further encourage pupils to consider STEM careers in the future.

Amazon also runs a STEM education workshop called Camp Amazon which has been accredited by the British Science Association as part of the STEM awards programme CREST. The workshop counts as two of eight challenges that children can earn to achieve a CREST SuperStar Award.

Katherine Mathieson, chief executive, British Science Association, said: “The British Science Association is delighted to be partnering with Amazon UK. It’s great to see them supporting STEM education. We share a commitment to boosting young people’s science capital by providing real-world, relatable activities that put STEM into context."

Amazon’s Gourock general manager, Gavin Morrison, said: “At Amazon, we’re passionate about unearthing and inspiring the next generation of STEM SuperStars. STEM is at the heart of everything we do at Amazon and British Science Week is the perfect time to team up with schools to support their efforts in developing and nurturing the inventors, creators and business leaders of tomorrow.

"Our team had a fantastic time visiting Inverclyde Academy learning more about the great work being done by the British Science Association and local schools to engage pupils in STEM subjects.”

Scott McHendry from Inverclyde Academy added: “It’s brilliant to receive this support from Amazon and it’s encouraging that the team at the local fulfilment centre mirrors our goal to make STEM subjects fun, accessible and engaging for all of our pupils. A strong STEM skillset is essential in many careers and to know that Amazon is supportive of our efforts to help pupils embrace STEM subjects is fantastic.”

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