A PROJECT that helps to foster an interest in engineering among children as young as three has received a major boost.

The School of Engineering at Edinburgh University has become a core funder of a not-for-profit organisation called Primary Engineer, which will mean a big investment in engineering education in schools in the capital.

Primary Engineer was set up in 2005 and works with local authorities, teachers and industry to promote engineering skills and careers.

The partnership with the university will see its award-winning STEM by Stealth teacher training and projects offered to every Edinburgh early years, primary and secondary school over the next five years.

More than 30 teachers from 18 primary schools attended a launch event at the university yesterday.