GRID at Heriot-Watt opened its doors to a special group of future engineers last week, when children from the Pinocchio nursery were treated to an exclusive tour of the new ground-breaking facility.
The £19m investment is located next door to the Pinocchio's Children's Nursery within the Heriot-Watt campus in Edinburgh, and the children, who have carefully observed the construction project since the beginning, were incredibly excited to finally see inside.
GRID, which stands for Global, Research, Innovation and Discovery, is a new learning and teaching environment which shapes future industry.
The purpose-built facility is currently being furnished with a virtual reality studio, gaming suite and practical discovery labs for engineering and science. GRID at Heriot-Watt also includes a business enterprise hub where SME's and entrepreneurs can work together to harness technology and develop solutions which solve global problems.
Gillian Murray, Deputy Principal for Enterprise and Business at Heriot-Watt took time out to lead the tour.
She said: “It was an absolute privilege to provide the next generation of scientists and entrepreneurs a tour of GRID. They were, by far, the youngest group ever shown around the facility, but they displayed a fantastic imagination and great enthusiasm to learn.”
“Years from now, I can't wait to learn how this next generation of engineers, innovators and entrepreneurs apply their creativity to tackle society's biggest challenges, when they return to GRID at Heriot-Watt as undergraduates.”
Students enrolling in September will be the first to access GRID at Heriot-Watt, but a number of 'Let us see' tours are being held throughout the summer for prospective students and businesses interested in viewing the state-of-the-art facility.