Major revamp for National Science Week


Major revamp for National Science Week
National Science Week will be extended this year to encompass engineering and social sciences, as the organisers seek to reach out to young people.

The British Association for the Advancement of Science (the BA) and the Engineering and Technology Board (ETB) have teamed-up to organise National Science and Engineering Week 2007.

This comes as the government looks to encourage more young people to take an interest in science and engineering.

Supported by £280,000 in funding from the Department of Trade and Industry, an additional 500 engineering events will be added to this year's awareness week.

"This new approach will enable us to demonstrate the crucial role that engineering plays in wealth creation and improving the quality of our lives," said the science minister Lord Sainsbury.

"It is important that all of us, particularly our young people, engage with science and engineering."

Chancellor Gordon Brown has said that science and engineering will play an increasingly important role in maintaining the UK's economic wellbeing.

In his Budget statement earlier this year, he announced tax relief for research and development projects and plans to train additional science teachers.

National Science and Engineering Week 2007 takes place between March 9th and March 18th.

Related categories: Science / Technology, Engineering / Electronics.

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