Science is made fact - not fiction


Banff and Buchan College’s Fraserburgh campus played host to two days of the British Science Festival last week, inviting secondary schools from across the North-east to get involved with science in action.

Pupils were invited to the college from 10am on both Wednesday and Thursday last week, discovering how science is used in engineering and technology at the campus.

In total, there were seven events for the secondary school students to get involved with, from discovering real life ‘X-men’ to getting hands on with the ‘incredible machine’.

The atrium of the recently refurbished college played host ot many of the day’s events, with pupils working on their teamwork and communication skills as they completed practical tasks such as guiding marbles through mazes and constructing working circuit boards.

Elsewhere, in a specially created outdoors environment, where First Minister Alex Salmond had buried a time capsule at the college several months earlier, students tried their hand at traditional woodworking methods - despite the rain.

The ‘Real Life X-Men’ lecture, from the University of Aberdeen, taught the pupils about the nature of DNA and the effects of DNA gone wrong.

While all of the events attracted interest from the pupils, Fraserburgh Academy pupils were rumoured to have been the first to solve Science Magic’s ‘Incredible Machine’.

A Rube Goldberg machine, the pupils had to build a machine that completed a task on one end of the room following an initial action at the other end. In this instance, knocking a toy sheep off of the table completed the process.

Including Banff and Buchan College, seven organisations held events at the campus, including the University of Bristol, the University of Glasgow, the University of Aberdeen and the University of Bradford.