Rapper will.i.am has persuaded executives of a British charity to use his $800,000 (£500,000) donation to fund science lessons for children.

The Black Eyed Peas star handed his fee from judging duties on Britain's The Voice Tv show to an organisation set up by British royal Charles, Prince of Wales to help young people.

It has now emerged the musician met with officials at the Prince's Trust and urged them to use the cash to boost science education projects, and they agreed to set up classes to be taught in conjunction with London's prestigious Science Museum.

will.i.am tells the London Evening Standard, "I wanted to donate this money so if there is a kid somewhere in the ghetto or undeserving community in London, people just like me, instead of telling he or she to play sports, let's encourage them to do science or mathematics... I have no doubt that a kid from Brixton or East London can create something that changes the world with the Prince's Trust."

Martina Milburn, chief executive of the Prince's Trust, adds, "It took my meeting with will.i.am to understand that we as a charity weren't doing enough to help our young people in the Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects and this huge revolution in technology... When I was listening to will talking about the kind of things he had achieved with young people, I suddenly saw the possibilities for our young people... It's not about turning all young people into engineers. It's about opening their minds to the possibilities."