North-east scientists turn out for college science fun day

Kieran Cooley (9) from Lochpots School, Fraserburgh keeps an eye on his science investigations at the Shell Education Service Family Day at Fraserburgh
Kieran Cooley (9) from Lochpots School, Fraserburgh keeps an eye on his science investigations at the Shell Education Service Family Day at Fraserburgh

More than 800 budding young scientists from across the North-east were joined by their families at Banff and Buchan College for a special Family Science Day run by the Shell Education Service (SES) on Sunday.

The Family Science Day comes at the end of a week of science workshops in primary schools across the Banff & Buchan area, which saw school children exploring and questioning science in a fun, hands-on way.

“Encouraging children to enjoy investigating science at an early age is what the Shell Family Science Days are all about.” said John Stewart, Plant Installation Manager at Shell’s St Fergus Gas Plant.

The day, which is supported by Shell staff and students from Banff and Buchan College and Mintlaw Academy, saw hundreds of primary school pupils from all over the North East, and their families, taking part in practical science activities that featured energy transfer, forces and motion and materials such as building straw towers, making kites and creating jumping beans.

Anna Haslam, Shell Education Service Programme Manager, said: “Some of the UK’s biggest global challenges are reliant on people with science skills to find solutions, so getting children interested and enjoying science at an early age can encourage children to take that initial interest to secondary education and beyond and this is what we hope to achieve through our workshops and Family Days, which happen across the UK throughout the year.

“Many different career opportunities are available to those with science based skills so getting school children interested in and enjoying science at an early age is very important.”