SCOTLAND’s science centres have been given additional funding of £2.63 million to help make them accessible to everyone.

The Scottish Government money will take funding over the past four years for Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh and Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen’s science centres, to more than £10m.

Included in the award are a schools transport subsidy, to help pupils in rural and deprived areas access the centres, and a community subsidy, to support their engagement with a greater diversity of people.

Science Minister Richard Lochhead announced the funding during a visit to Glasgow Science Centre.

He said: “Our science centres help make science, technology, engineering and maths accessible to a wide public audience of all ages and from all backgrounds.

“More than 690,000 visitors passed through the doors of Scotland’s four science centres in calendar year 2018 alone, and this funding for 2019-20 will provide more opportunities for people from all over Scotland to get involved in science over the coming year.”

Professor Sheila Rowan, the Scottish Government’s chief scientific adviser, added: “Science, technology, engineering and maths impact our everyday lives, and our science centres are great places to explore, discover and nurture skills. Through workshops, events and hands-on exhibitions, people of all ages can engage with STEM and learn about our world and beyond.”

Dr Stephen Breslin, chief executive at Glasgow Science Centre, which received more than £1m, said: “The funding provided to us by the Scottish Government enables Glasgow Science Centre to reach broad sections of society in Scotland and increase their awareness of the importance of science engagement.”