A LOCAL technology firm is hoping to make the appliance of science at Lochgelly High School the best in Fife.

Clas-SiC Wafer Fab Ltd, which produces semi-conductors from its base at the Avenue Industrial Estate in the town, has sponsored STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programmes at the school for a number of years.

And the latest generous donation has enabled staff to transform a standard classroom into a new science lab, where practical learning can take place, and also the purchase of additional equipment to improve understanding of physics concepts.

Headteacher Debbie Aitken said: “We are delighted at the investment from Clas-Sic Wafer.

“This allows our young people to work in updated classrooms with the best and most up-to date equipment, all of which should help the lessons and learning experience.

“This will help support our pupils and make them ready for college and university.”

The official opening of the new science hub took place recently.

Carl Johnson, executive chairman of Clas-SiC, visited the school from the USA and said: "We at Clas-SiC Wafer Fab are very pleased to be involved in the building of a stronger STEM programme at Lochgelly High School, which we've been supporting for three years now.

"The building of this lab is very exciting and we're looking forward to seeing the impact on the students.

"We hope to continue our relationship with Lochgelly High School, helping it to become the best high school in Fife for provision of STEM programmes."