Mum helps sci­en­tists of

Chil­dren well

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

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

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