British Science Week will start with a bang at North East Scotland College on Monday (March 13) with the eagerly-awaited Fraserburgh Science Fair.
The event will see 180 P7-S2 pupils from Fraserburgh Academy, St Andrews Primary, Fraserburgh North and Lochpots Primary visit the College’s Fraserburgh Campus, utilising the brand new science labs to take part in a number of exciting hands-on workshops.
This is the third year that the event has been hosted by the College, and this year pupils will get to explore biomedical science; investigate aerodynamics and vehicle design; experience explosive and slimy chemistry; identify creepy crawlies using microscopes, and take part in a forensic investigation!
The fun will continue throughout the rest of the week at the College’s Aberdeen City Campus, where pupils from schools in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire will take part in a Gunge Chemistry workshop, making glue from milk and producing fluorescent slime that they can take home at the end of the day!
They also have a chance to make a DNA pendant from their own DNA, which they can wear and take away; participate in an Explosions and Implosions lab; learn about how aerodynamics affect a vehicle’s speed; and explore the earth, the stars and alien life at the NESCol planetarium.
Staff will be ably assisted in the delivery of these workshops by a number of science students from the College who have registered as STEM Ambassadors (volunteers who encourage young people to enjoy STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths).
The Fraserburgh science fair was organised by NESCol Chemistry lecturer, and former Fraserburgh Academy pupil, Dr Leann Tait. She said: “We realise that it is very important to engage children in scientific studies from an early age, and we are hoping to inspire them to continue to develop their interest.
“Our new science teaching facilities have enabled us to offer full-time science study for the first time at Fraserburgh Campus, and have also allowed us to enter into partnership arrangements with local schools through School Links courses and Foundation Apprenticeships.
“I am confident that this year’s Science Fair will give pupils a taster of the exciting opportunities that lie ahead.”
British Science Week (BSW) is a ten-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths featuring fascinating, entertaining and engaging events and activities across the UK for people of all ages.