British Science Week arrives in Fraserburgh

  • Science Fair held at NE Scotland College
  • Over 140 school pupils attend event
  • Young people take part in range of workshops

North East Scotland College has organised a Science Fair for local school pupils at its Fraserburgh campus as part of British Science Week.

The College, which is building facilities to allow it to teach science courses at its Fraserburgh campus from 2016, welcomed over 150 local school pupils to participate in a number of exciting workshops and experiments on Monday, March 16.

We are delighted to be able to offer such a large number of school pupils the opportunity to get involved with science

Bill Rattray

This was the first time a Science Fair has been held at the campus and organisers said demand for the event was very high, with all available places booked well in advance.

In the morning, pupils from St Andrews and Rosehearty schools attended Science Fair; while pupils from Fraserburgh Academy, Fraserburgh North School and Rathen School went along to the session in the afternoon.

Pupils had the opportunity to discover the world of plants and how they sense and understand their environment; construct model vehicles to test aerodynamics; find out about and construct model bacteria; use microscopes to identify a range of creepy crawlies and experience some thrilling and explosive applications of chemistry including magic writing.

The sessions were led by staff and students from North East Scotland College and researchers from the University of Aberdeen.

The event was co-ordinated by Dr Leann Tait, Lecturer in Chemistry at North East Scotland College, who grew up in Fraserburgh and attended Fraserburgh Academy.

Commenting, Bill Rattray, Head of the School of Engineering, Science and Technology at the College said: “We are delighted to be able to offer such a large number of school pupils the opportunity to get involved with science at North East Scotland College through the Science Fair.

“We are in the process of constructing new facilities which will enable us to offer science courses to secondary school pupils through the Skills for Work programme from 2016 at the Fraserburgh Campus and we hope that some of the pupils who visit the College next week will be inspired to study science at NESCol in the future.”

The Science Fair is one of a number of events which is hosted at the Fraserburgh campus - with the College’s open evenings attracting scores of prospective students to learn more about the courses on offer.

See this Thursday’s Fraserburgh Herald for the full story and picture spread.