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Thurso classroom is Scottish trailblazer

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Newton rooms are used to inspire more young people into STEM careers.
Newton rooms are used to inspire more young people into STEM careers.

A network of Newton rooms, pioneered in Norway and Denmark, are being used to inspire more young people into careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem).

The centres will support practical Stem activity in schools and serve as a base for extra-curricular projects.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (Hie) has appointed First Scandinavia, the company that developed and owns the concept, to create Scotland’s first Newton room at North Highland College UHI in Thurso.

It will be the first of a network of the rooms across the Highlands.

Hie's Andrew Johnston said: “It is fitting the first Newton room in the country will open in Thurso. Caithness has been at the forefront of scientific and technological advances in Scotland for more than 60 years and this facility will help it stay there."

Hie is leading the initiative which is backed by £3 million from the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal.

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