05 November 2018

Abertay launches Dundee Schools Science Week

Abertay launches Dundee Schools Science Week

More than 2,700 primary school pupils from across Dundee are taking part in Dundee Primary Schools Science Week.

Running from November  5 to 9, the event aims to get children interested in careers in STEM and is organised by Abertay University’s Graduate School, with funding from Dundee City Council’s Children’s and Families Service.

An array of activities and workshops will run in schools all over the city this week, including space investigations, stargazing talks, fingerprinting sessions, robotics, evolution talks, polar science workshops and even a slime lab.

“From animal handling and space exploration to chemical reactions and electronics, there’s a huge variety of educational and entertaining sessions on offer, all with the aim of inspiring the next generation of Dundee scientists to get into STEM” - Jennifer Smith, Abertay University Graduate School

Abertay postgraduate students will run sessions titled ‘Science on the Brain’ at St Ninian’s RC Primary and ‘What Does Your Shoe Say About You?’ at St Pius X RC Primary.

Other presentations come from staff from Dundee Science Centre, ThinkScience, German engineering college Theodor-Litt Schule, Sphere Science, Be Experimental, Zoolab, Dundee Heritage Trust, Mills Observatory and the McManus Museum.

Organiser Jennifer Smith of Abertay Graduate School said: “The Dundee Primary School Science Week goes from strength to strength, with every available slot fully booked this year.

“From animal handling and space exploration to chemical reactions and electronics, there’s a huge variety of educational and entertaining sessions on offer, all with the aim of inspiring the next generation of Dundee scientists to get into STEM.”

Councillor Stewart Hunter, Dundee City Council Children and Families Service Convener, said: "This is a great way to bring science to life for our pupils and I am sure that they will learn important lessons for their futures.

"I would like to thank Abertay University for putting together such an imaginative programme across the many venues."

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