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The Rowett Institute has a proven track record in developing high-quality, innovative resources and activities both for schools and for public engagement with science.  All our resources are curriculum-linked and freely downloadable for use at home or at school.

The activities featured below include hands-on experiments, sensory activities, discussion-based activities and games.  All our activities aim to complement the cutting-edge nutritional research taking place at the Institute, educating young people on these topics and about the principles of science.

The Rowett Institute's Scottish-Government funded programme of community and schools work is part of a wider programme of public engagement undertaken by the University of Aberdeen's Public Engagement with Research Unit.


Crafty Cranachan

A workshop centred around making a delicious Cranachan desert just a wee bit healthier and help pupils make healthy choices. It will also introduce the complexities of food choice behaviour as well as demonstrate that familiar foods can be “reformulated” to make them healthier.

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Healthy People, Healthy Planet

How can we eat a diet that's healthy for us, but good for the environment as well? This 45 minute engaging, interactive and cross-curricular workshop allows P4-7 pupils to learn about what makes a sustainable diet.  All activities included in the workshop can also stand-alone.

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Food Lab

This suite of simple and fun hands-on experiments all have a food theme. There are a variety of experiments to choose from to cover different aspects of the curriculum and all have full teacher guides, student worksheets and risk assessments.

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Snacks, Snakes and Ladders

This game, based on the classic board game Snakes & Ladders, is fun for all the family!  Climb up healthy snacks, slide down unhealthy ones and see who can finish first!

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Food Stories Trail

This interactive trail explores objects from the University of Aberdeen Museums which tell fascinating stories from across the world about our relationship with food through the ages.

This activity was originally developed for school groups to accompany the 'Food Stories' exhibition. The exhibition was co-curated by the Rowett Institute and University of Aberdeen Museums and ran in Kings Museum Aberdeen from September 2012 - February 2013.

The trail booklet for pupils can be downloaded from the link below, answers and a list of curriculum links are also available.