Science Outreach in Local Schools

The Geopark has been busy. Last week we were involved in two science outreach events in local schools. First up was the Big Bang Fair at Lochaber High School. The aim of this is to provide S1 and S2 pupils from local schools with a wider understanding of Science and Engineering and the potential career opportunities in those fields, whilst hopefully inspiring them to continue in their maths and science studies. This was held in conjunction with The Big Bang Scotland, Developing the Young Workforce (DYW), ESP and West Highland College (UHI). Pupils from Lochaber, Mallaig and Kilchuiemen attended the event.

The second event was the STEM Fair at Lundavra Primary School. Organised by Emily Brown, and sponsored by the Geopark, this event was a great success. P5 kids from around Fort William were able to go to a science careers exhibition with STEM employers in Lochaber, and interact with employers with questions and activites. The Geopark hosted a geology workshop featuring collapsing volcanoes, scientific drawings and eggs! It was a brilliantly organised event and looking forward to next year.

The trophy for the STEM Fair, that we had the kids vote for the title of, was made by @optimistic geometry. Sir James Black won a nobel prize his work on beta blockers and on the trophy is the chemical make-up of Propranolol.