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Inspiring the next generation to embrace science, technology, engineering and maths

EDF Energy’s partnership with Edinburgh Science Festival forms part of the company’s wider commitment to education in Scotland – and across the UK.

A recent study commissioned by EDF Energy – Jobs of the future – has revealed that STEM jobs will grow at double the rate of other occupations over the next six years, with more than 50,000 STEM roles available in Scotland.

Pretty Curious: inspiring a generation of girls to discover the world through STEM

Only one in four people working in core STEM in Scotland is female, so getting more girls to consider these careers is essential.

More than 300 girls aged 12-13 years old took part in a unique, hands-on STEM event in Edinburgh as part of EDF Energy’s Pretty Curious programme. Girls were able to use the latest virtual reality and connected digital technology, talk to inspirational women in STEM careers, and create their own smart inventions.

At any time, they can also watch a virtual reality film that immerses them in the worlds of three successful women working in the most in demand STEM-related industries in 2023. This is the year those currently choosing their National 5s will graduate. This includes hearing from Claire Canning, an EDF Energy offshore wind research engineer who is studying for her PhD at The University of Edinburgh.

Watch the Pretty Curious virtual reality film

The Pod

The Pod is our award-winning education programme, and the largest of its type with over 20,000 registered schools across the UK and 56 other countries.

The programme aims to engage young people and their families in its environmental campaigns and to encourage them to choose a more sustainable lifestyle, to help children learn about the importance of a low carbon energy mix and to inspire them to take an active interest in STEM.

Take a look at the Pods resources and join in our environmental and citizen science campaigns at

Other activities in Scotland

 - EDF Energy's other Research and Development partnership with the University of Strathclyde is one of five partnerships the company has with leading universities in the UK

 - Headline sponsor of Generation Science, helping to bring unique and inspiring science lessons directly to classrooms all over Scotland with a programme of highly interactive shows and hands-on workshops

 - E³ Energy, Enterprise and Environment Programme builds teachers’ professional knowledge, skills and confidence in all aspects of energy science and energy production, and promotes critical and creative thinking for teachers and pupils