Science centres boost takes funding to ’10m total

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The latest grant from the Scottish government comes during British Science Week and brings the total funding given to the attractions over the last four years to ’10m.

The money for 2019-20 is aimed at making Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) accessible to everyone.

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As well as an operational grant for the centres in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen, the fund includes:

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“Our science centres help make science, technology, engineering and maths accessible to a wide public audience of all ages and from all backgrounds.

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Dreams of a rejuvenated train service and faster broadband in the North of Tyne have been given a boost, as the region’s leaders pledged new cash to make their ambitious wish list a reality.

The North of Tyne Combined Authority‘s (NTCA) cabinet has signed off more than ‘3m worth of investment to kickstart a string of major projects that could transform Newcastle, Northumberland, and North Tyneside.

Northumberland County Council leader Peter Jackson said that government transport minister Chris Grayling was ‘incredibly impressed and supportive’ of the plan, but a business case needs to be made to argue the case for a total cash injection of ‘190m.

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