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On Wednesday (5 June) over 550 young people, sponsors and government ministers attended the Scottish Education Awards which recognise the hard work and success which takes place in Scottish education  

SDS once again sponsored the STEM award which recognises early learning and childcare settings and schools that have developed a vibrant and progressive culture and climate of continuous innovation in relation to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 

There was stiff competition in this category however three finalists were selected: 

McLaren High School, Stirling  
Mearns Primary School, East Renfrewshire  
Oakgrove Primary School, Glasgow 

However, there can only be one winner with the award going to Mearns Primary School. The school is one of only 11 in schools in the UK to achieve the Primary Science Quality Mark - Outreach Award. The school also secured a grant from the Royal Society to launch a high-altitude weather balloon to study atmospheric conditions, letting pupils undertake real scientific research. 

SDS Board Member, Beth Corcoran, presented the award. She said: “I was incredibly impressed with the creativeness and innovation that was shown by the teams at McLaren High School, Mearns Primary School and Oakgrove Primary School, but special congratulations must go to category winner, Mearns Primary School.

“Sciences, technologies, engineering and mathematics (STEM) have been a long-standing cornerstone of innovation and economic activity in Scotland but the rapid pace of technological change and the growing demand for digital skills means that STEM will play an increasingly important role in Scotland’s future economic success. 

STEM in Scotland 

Already more than 800,000 people are employed in STEM related industries which represents just over 30% of Scotland’s total employment and the growth seen in the STEM sector in recent year is predicted to continue.  

Find out more about all the Award winners here. 

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