Thousands of new opportunities are anticipated in the Highlands and Islands over the next few years in sectors such as energy, life sciences and digital technologies.

To ensure our young people are in the best possible position to benefit from these opportunities, we need to inspire more of them to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)

That’s what the Science Skills Academy is all about. With a network of inspirational STEM rooms, we are working with schools, employers and families to provide exciting and stimulating activities that engage young people and make them aware of the new opportunities coming their way.


Inspire:  Hands-on practical sessions are designed to excite and inspire students, and encourage them to study STEM subjects in the future



Opportunities: Students are introduced to the wide variety of STEM career pathways, both in the Highlands and Islands region, and beyond


Community: Each STEM Room works in partnership with local schools, communities and employers to ensure that local requirements are met and activities complement STEM industries in the community

Upcoming events

Lab Rats and Geek Friday after-school classes

From 12.01.18

Skills Development Scotland, Church Street, Inverness

Both after-school classes allow pupils to explore different ways of using science, technology, engineering and maths in a hands on way using our state-of-the-art equipment such as Lego Education, VR headsets, 3D cameras and more!

Geek Friday: After-school class for S2-S3. Friday 2-3pm
Lab Rats: After-school class for P7-S1. Fridays 4-5pm
Spring Block One: 12th January – 16th February
Spring Block Two: 23rd February – 23rd March (Sorry, there’s no Geek Friday on the 9th March!)

If you would like to join, contact


National CyberFirst Girls Competition

From 16.01.18

Centre for Health Science, Inverness

Calling all Year S2 girls with inquisitive minds, who like solving problems and working as a team. Sound like you? Time to shine. The national CyberFirst Girls Competition looks for teams of up to four to take on online challenges set by the NCSC. It is a unique opportunity for teams of school girls in S2 compete in fun online cyber security challenges.  Talk to your teacher and get your school and team registered from January 16 2018 at 



Royal Society of Biology – Biology Challenge

Register by 23.02.18

Challenge completed in school between 6th – 26th March 2018

Biology Challenge stimulates students’ curiosity for the natural world and encourages them to take an interest in biology outside of school. Questions will be set on the school curriculum, but the competition will also reward those students whose knowledge of the subject has been increased by reading books and magazines, watching natural history programmes, taking notice of the news media for items of biological interest, and are generally aware of our natural flora and fauna.

For more information and to register follow is this link.


Science Summer School

Aplication deadline 16.03.18

Highland Wildlife Park and Edinburgh Zoo (RZSS)

A FREE week long course run at Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park designed to give students real world experience in the fields of research and conservation within the setting of our Zoos.

The science summer school courses are run by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland's Community Conservation Department and are aimed at young people aged 16 - 18 years old (S5 - S6).
This is a great opportunity for young scientists to get together, explore the science behind zoos, meet some unusual challenges and have fun as well as work hard.

More information visit


Data Talent Scotland



Now in its third year, Data Talent Scotland brings together aspiring data science and engineering students with employers from across the country. The event is an opportunity to network, discuss and learn from some of Scotland’s leading data leaders, professionals and researchers.

Special offer! A discount code is available for any students from the Highlands & Islands who would like to attend the event: Highlands_20




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