School pupils discover real life science

School pupils discover real life science

From disease fighting drugs from the deep to computers that can learn – University of Aberdeen experts will share some of science’s most fascinating breakthroughs with hundreds of school pupils from across the North of Scotland this week.

From today (Monday August 24) academics from the University's departments of chemistry and computing science will be taking their expertise to 24 schools throughout Aberdeen, Inverness and the surrounding regions.

Aimed at S5 and S6 pupils, the series of workshops will provide youngsters with an insight into how some of science’s most intriguing findings can be applied to real life scenarios.

How transport is likely to be fueled in the future and pioneering research into artificial intelligence are just some of the topics which will be explored through hands on activities.

Professor Corrie Imrie, Head of the School of Natural and Computing Sciences, University of Aberdeen said: “The aim of the workshops is to help pupils discover the real life application of the subjects they learn at school such as chemistry and computing. 

“By taking the science out of the classroom and showing its impact in everyday scenarios, the workshops aim to engage youngsters and offer hands on experience through a range of activities.

“Breakthrough research being conducted at the University will be shared with pupils throughout the week.  Discoveries including organisms from oceans across the globe which can help tackle diseases such as cancer, and the research which is developing computers that can automatically learn new information, are just some of the scientific insights which will be explored.”

The University of Aberdeen chemistry and computing science roadshow will run from Monday August 24 – Friday August 28.

For more information contact Dr Jenifer Scott, College of Physical Sciences at the University of Aberdeen on 01224 272522.