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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

Fort William 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 4 state of the art Newton Rooms in Thurso, Dingwall, Fort William and Inverness. We also have a touring Pop-Up Newton Room to bring STEM to more of our Highland communities.

Our Newton Rooms have state-of-the-art kit and inspirational activities all delivered by a team of hugely enthusiastic STEM Engagement Officers who are all passionate about inspiring pupils to think about the possibilities that STEM subjects can offer.

Find out about your local Newton Room


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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.

And the range of jobs available is huge...everything from harnessing wave and tidal power to sampling seabed organisms for pollution to engineering robotics - and so much in between.

So what kind of jobs are there?

Meet some young people already working in STEM jobs

Artists impression of new River Ness Hydro scheme


The Science Skills Academy has partnered with The Highland Council to open up learning opportunities from a £2.5m energy project which saw the installation of a hydroelectric power turbine on the River Ness.

The scheme will provide 50% of the energy demand for the nearby Inverness Leisure Centre, which is currently one of the highest energy consuming buildings in the Highlands.

Hydro Ness Resources

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


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