School children turn into scientists for a day

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SCHOOL children were given the opportunity to turn into scientists and engineers today as part of a new workshop.

Youngsters from Currie Community High School in Edinburgh spent the day at the National Museum of Scotland solving a range of problems.

They built wave technology, worked water turbines and generated electricity during the Get Energised programme.

Pupils spent the day at the National Museum of Scotland
Pupils spent the day at the National Museum of Scotland

 

Now in its second year, Get Energised has been opened up to S1 and S2 pupils to encourage them to pursue science, technology, engineering and maths related subjects.

It presents students with the chance to engage with the challenges scientists and engineers in Scotland face every day, looking at areas such as landscape, renewable energy and weather.

Last year, the project was targeted at older secondary school pupils but was expanded this year in response to demand from teachers.

The students produced electricity and worked water turbines
The students produced electricity and worked water turbines

 

Ann Loughrey, Trustee and Executive Officer, ScottishPower Foundation, said: “Here in Scotland there is currently a shortage of pupils taking STEM subjects, yet we have a fantastic reputation for producing great scientists, inventors and engineers.

“Our goal is to help continue this legacy, by inspiring pupils in Edinburgh, and across Scotland, to continue their studies of science throughout secondary school and potentially into a career.”

Stephen Allen, Head of Learning and Programmes at National Museums Scotland, said:
“We developed Get Energised to help pupils explore the impact science and technology has on our lives and our environment. Today’s workshop was a real success and we have definitely seen some future scientists and engineers in the making!”

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