Opening of New Newton Room in Caol – 2nd April 2019

Developing the Young Workforce West Highland are delighted to be supporters of the UK’s second Scandinavian-style STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) learning centre, known as a Newton Room, which was opened by public finance and digital economy minister Kate Forbes MSP. A new STEM centre is to be built at Blar Mhor just outside Fort William as part of the West Highland College UHI campus but, in the meantime, an interim Newton Room has been created at Caol Youth Centre, a council-owned building managed by High Life Highland.

The Highland Newton Rooms are being created by the Science Skills Academy, a partnership led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). The purpose of the Newton Room is to give young people good training and empowering experiences with STEM subjects. There is an increasing demand of STEM sectors within the Highlands which strongly require the development of a local skills pipeline. The initial modules offered are renewable energy, robotics and mathematics.

The main target of the Newton Room is the upper end of primary school and lower end of high school pupils. Although there will be opportunities within the timetable for the latter years within high school and for teacher CPD (continuing professional development) within STEM.

For more information regarding how to get involved with DYW West Highland, contact the team on: [email protected] / 01397 705 765 / Facebook / Twitter or call in and see us in the office at 15 High Street, Fort William, PH33 6DH