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What is the Science Skills Academy?

With thousands of high-quality jobs on the horizon in biosciences, digital skills, renewable energy and the space sector, the Science Skills Academy (SSA) is here to spark the interest of young people and ensure equal access to STEM provision for all schools across Highland.

With a network of inspirational STEM rooms, and a wide range of programmes, we're working with schools, employers and families to provide exciting and stimulating activities that engage young people and make them aware of the new opportunities coming their way.

We're a multi-partnership project led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), and funded though the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal. 

Highlands and Islands Regional STEM Partnership

Thurso Newton Room

Newton Rooms - Bespoke STEM Learning

Newton Rooms are modern, bright and stimulating spaces where pupils are taught by enthusiastic and inspirational STEM experts. They are based on the Norwegian Newton Rooms experience.

We currently have three state of the art Newton Rooms in Thurso, Dingwall and Fort William. Our Inverness Room is coming soon, and this year we're also going on tour. Watch our events section for our programme of Pop-Up Newton Rooms for Skye and Lochaber, and Badenoch and Strathspey. 

Find out about your local Newton Room

Learning comes in the shape of Newton Modules, with the focus very much on practical learning.

What's in our modules

Highland Council River Ness Hydro - Naming Competition

Highland school pupils invited to name the Council's new hydro and visitor building.

More details

Dr Emma Robertson project manager with the Science Skills Academy
The SSA is motivated by the need to inspire young people in the Highlands and Islands to pursue careers in STEM and fostering the next generation of scientists from the region.
Dr Emma Robertson, Project Manager, Science Skills Academy

Woman in a lab studying samples under microscope

STEM careers

We want to encourage more young people in our area to study STEM subjects at school and beyond, to develop home grown talent for the exciting jobs available in this sector.

What kinds of jobs are there? Meet some of the people already working in STEM in our region.

STEM career opportunities

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Sharne Sanderson project co-ordinator at Science Skills Academy

Meet the team

The Science Skills Academy has a core team based at the HIE office at An Lòchran, Inverness. Each Newton Room has a dedicated member of staff who delivers activities to local school children.

SSA team members

The SSA is part of a wider partnership working to encourage more young people to study STEM subjects at school and beyond, to have the skills to enter employment in STEM sectors, and to raise awareness of the wide range of STEM careers, pathways and employers, in particular those in the Highlands and Islands.

 

Our partners

We work collaboratively with partners, funders and supporters to deliver best quality and inspirational STEM sessions for our future workforce.

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How we're funded

The Science Skills Academy is funded as part of the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal - a joint initiative supported by £315m investment from the UK and Scottish governments, The Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the University

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