THE first stage of a £65,000 education programme between Ashington Learning Partnership and Rio Tinto Alcan has been launched this week.
Bothal Middle School in Ashington helped to launch the project, which involved the conversion of an existing science classroom into a STEM Laboratory with practical and inspiring learning resources dedicated to teaching science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
The new lab will assist more than 2,000 learners in two middle and high schools in the local area.
It will also focus on building sustainable links with local engineering businesses.
John McCabe, Rio Tinto regional economic development director, said: “We created the Legacy Fund to help us achieve this objective and the Ashington Learning Partnership was the first recipient of our support.
“The STEM Laboratory is a fantastic facility. It’s been carefully planned, expertly designed and purpose-built.
“We firmly believe the new STEM Lab will benefit many children as the base in which they will develop vitally important skills.
“They couldn’t have a better environment to learn the fundamentals of disciplines which will be essential to the future prosperity of their community.”