Fraserburgh Science Fair kicks off Science Week at NESCol
Tuesday, 15 March 2016
British Science Week started with a bang at North East Scotland College on Monday 14 March with the eagerly-awaited Fraserburgh Science Fair. The event saw 180 pupils from schools across the area visit the College’s Fraserburgh Campus to take part in a number of exciting hands-on workshops. College lecturers worked alongside colleagues from the University of Aberdeen and Aberdeen Science Centre (formerly Satrosphere) to delight, amaze and enthuse pupils of a variety of ages.
This is the second year that the event has been hosted by the College and this year workshops included ‘Bugs that go bang!’, ‘Destination space – fix the ISS’ and ‘Build a medicine’. Pupils from Fraserburgh’s St Andrews Primary, Macduff Primary, Fraserburgh Academy, Lochpots Primary and Fraserburgh North School took part in the seven workshops on offer.
The fun continues throughout the rest of the week at the College’s Aberdeen City Campus where pupils from other schools in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire will be making DNA pendants, building aerodynamic space shuttles and creating chemical volcanoes. Planetarium presentations will also be provided, with a focus on the search for exoplanets. 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 science fair was organised by NESCol Chemistry lecturer, and former Fraserburgh Academy pupil, Dr Leann Tait. She said: “Last year we had a tremendous day with around 150 pupils, and this year the event was even bigger with seven differently-themed workshops for around 180 pupils. 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 will enable us to offer full-time science study for the first time at Fraserburgh Campus from this summer and also allow us enter into partnership arrangements with local schools. This will mean secondary pupils will have the chance to take part in exciting opportunities such as Science Skills for Work. I am confident that this year’s Science Fair will have given 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.