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Pupils get hands-on science experience

Second year pupils Elsa Muir, Ryan McIntosh and Charley Dunn getting to grips with one of the experiments.

Second year pupils Elsa Muir, Ryan McIntosh and Charley Dunn getting to grips with one of the experiments.

School pupils in Kirrie were given an insight into the world of science recently with the visit of a mobile science lab to Webster’s High School

The ‘Lab in a Lorry’ project visited the school last Tuesday and Wednesday as part of a continuing programme to encourage youngsters to take an interest in science and engineering.

Designed to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, ‘Lab in a Lorry’ offers 11-14-year-olds the opportunity to explore science through specially created interactive experiments.

The programme, which began in 2005, consists of three 44-foot lorries that visit schools, youth organisations, major events, and communities free-of-charge across the UK.

Each one is fitted with three distinct lab areas and young people can take part in each of the fun and informative experiments which are delivered by a voluntary team of scientists and engineers.

‘Lab in a Lorry’ in Scotland is a partnership between the Institute of Physics, OPITO, and the Scottish Government. The Schlumberger Foundation is a founding partner and volunteer assistance is provided by STEMNET.

Charlotte Govan, from the Institute of Physics, said:“Lab in a Lorry is a fantastic experience for young people. It generates excitement and curiosity in science by letting them explore experimental science for themselves with the help of expert mentors.”

David Doig, OPITO Group Chief Executive said: “Industries, such as oil and gas, depend on a highly qualified and talented feedstock coming through schools, colleges and universities in order to maintain the requirements of a workforce that have the skills that are needed. Lab in a Lorry supports the commitment of securing the next generation of skilled employees.”

Further information is available online at www.labinalorry.org.uk

 

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