Mum helps scientists of
A Cambuslang mum has told how she gave up her job to try to help create the next generation of scientists.
Kirsty Brown, 35, started her Mini Professors group in March this year.
Mini Professors is a science programme designed for two to four year olds with the aim of making science enjoyable for pre-school children. Former biology teacher Kirsty was inspired to start her own group after giving birth to son Rex last year.
She said: “I always assumed I would be happy about going back to work after Rex was born. But as soon as he arrived, I couldn’t face a full-time career as it would take me away from him for so long.
“While I was on maternity leave, I took him along to a baby sensory class which is where I heard about their other venture, Mini Professors.
“Being a biology teacher, I thought it was a brilliant idea and when the opportunity arose to buy a franchise, I grabbed it with both hands. The classes are popular down in England but there are not that many up and running in Scotland yet.”
Kirsty, who is married to telematics engineer Steven, 40, has set up classes in Glasgow, Clarkston, Airdrie and Glasgow and aims to start even more in the future.
She said: “Kids are like sponges, they soak up everything. Introducing them to science at such a young age will hopefully give them a thirst for it.
“I really enjoyed teaching biology to teenagers and I do miss it but seeing the excitement on the younger kids’ faces as they conduct experiments is magical.
“It is crucial to know about science from early on. Science is all around us.”
Kirsty follows a structured programme of