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Outdoor maths kits launched by the Science Skills Academy for all Highland primary schools as part of Maths Week Scotland


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With the kits are the Science Skills Academy’s Scott O’Hara, Aileen Simmonite, Dawn Gillies, Emma Robertson and Fionnadh Carroll. Picture: Gillian Frampton.
With the kits are the Science Skills Academy’s Scott O’Hara, Aileen Simmonite, Dawn Gillies, Emma Robertson and Fionnadh Carroll. Picture: Gillian Frampton.

New outdoor maths kits aim to help inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers after being sent out to all Highland primary schools this week.

The kits, which have been launched by the Science Skills Academy (SSA), are geared up to help improve school children’s numeracy as part of ongoing efforts to boost vital career skills.

The packs each include 17 outdoor activities for children to enjoy as part of Maths Week Scotland.

The SSA, which is led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), works to boost the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills of the next generation – with the aim of helping to drive future economic growth in the region.

The kits contain a range of numeracy, problem-solving and data-handling games including ‘Get your Bearings’ – a game where pupils measure angles and distance to plot a course around obstacles.

There is also a ‘Maths Trail’ and ‘Scavenger Hunt’ as well as ideas for reinventing traditional games such as hopscotch and ladders to help with numeracy.

April Conroy, STEM engagement manager at SSA: “This year, with the ongoing challenges, many activities are focused on outdoor engagement. We wanted to give teachers a resource they could grab and go. Outdoor spaces provide all sorts of opportunities for real-world problem solving and practical maths.

“We hope pupils will see the relevance of maths learning and skills to their lives, now and in the future.”

Maths Week Scotland is part of the Scottish Government’s drive to encourage positive attitudes to numeracy and maths and is developed and delivered by National Museums Scotland.

The SSA’s work received £3 million as part of the £315 million Inverness and Highlands City Region Deal, which is funded by the Scottish and UK governments and regional partners.

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