Final call for applications to receive Welsh Government funding for outreach events

The Welsh Government has issued a final call for grant applications from organisations across the UK that wish to put on a tech, science, engineering or maths events in Wales.

Any organisation that wishes to put on an outreach event is eligible to apply for funding through the National Science Academy Grant Scheme.

The government is particularly looking for higher education institutions, professional bodies, training providers and careers companies to take part.

Last year's scheme helped 21 projects get off the ground, including a one-day TeenTech event at Swansea's Liberty Stadium, which saw more than 140 scientists, engineers and technologists working with hundreds of students.

Hands on activities carried out by the students included a courses on how to build a mobile phone app and how to protect planes from lightning strikes.

In a separate project, Bangor University hosted a science revision day for schools. With a focus on teaching through practical workshops, 300 young people benefited from the event.

Wales' economy minister, Edwina Hart said: "Enthusing and inspiring the next generation of innovators, scientists, engineers and technologists will be key to future job and wealth-creation in Wales.

"The challenge is ensuring young people are given every opportunity to participate in activities that nurture an enthusiasm in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects. The National Science Academy Grant Scheme is an ideal vehicle through which STEM interest-groups and activity-providers can put forward their ideas for creative projects that add real value to the STEM sector in Wales."

The deadline for entries for the autumn scheme is 31 July.

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