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School kids turn scientist for the day

Almost 70 schoolchildren took over a University of Aberdeen lab yesterday (18 September) to see what it’s like to be a scientist.

The Advanced Higher Biology pupils took part in a biology practical day – the second the University has staged this week for young visitors from Aberdeen City and Shire schools. Nearly 70 North-east pupils took part in a similar event on Tuesday.

The students got the chance to 'dip into a molecular biologist's tool bag' and get hands on experience of the techniques scientists use to study DNA. These are the same techniques that are used for DNA cloning and DNA fingerprinting.  They also received a lecture about the impact of genetics in society called It's All In The Genes.

Both practical days have been organised by Dr Andy Schofield who is the University's Academic Coordinator - Promoting Science. He said: "The University of Aberdeen is delighted to welcome what could be the scientists of the future.

"As well as getting valuable practical experience using techniques that cannot always be provided in schools, the pupils get fantastic experience of what it is like being at University."

Thursday's practical day was attended by pupils from Albyn School and Hazlehead, St Machar, Alford, Fraserburgh, Inverurie, Mintlaw, Portlethen and Westhill Academies and The Gordon Schools in Huntly.

On Tuesday pupils attended from Bridge of Don, Oldmachar, Banff, Kemnay, Mackie, Meldrum and Turriff Academies. 

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Notes to Editors

Issued by the Communications Team, Office of External Affairs, University of Aberdeen, King's College, Aberdeen. Tel: (01224) 272014.

Issued on: Friday 19th of September 2008

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