School kids turn scientist for day

Around 250 North East school kids will get the chance to see what it is like to be a scientist for a day.

S6 Biology pupils from 26 Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray and Highland schools are visiting the University of Aberdeen for three days of practical sessions in the lab.

This is the third year the University has staged these workshops and it is hoped they will encourage more students to consider science as a career.

Dr Andy Schofield, Senior Lecturer and Academic Coordinator - Promoting Science at the University, has organised the events. He said: “Pupils will get the chance to ‘chop’ up the genome of a virus using the same technologies that scientists use to clone genes.

“Our visitors will also experience what it is like to be a student at the University of Aberdeen as they will also get a lecture on genetics and medicine which will involve them using our interactive personal response systems that are like those used on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

“In addition pupils will hear about the different degree programmes on offer at the University.”  

The sessions take place tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday.

The schools represented are Albyn School; International School; St Margaret’s School for Girls; Bridge of Don; Cults; Hazlehead; Oldmachar ; St Machar; Aboyne; Alford; Ellon; Fraserburgh; Inverurie; Kemnay; Mackie; Meldrum; Mintlaw; Portlethen; Turriff; Banff; Forres and Westhill Academies; Buckie High School; Elgin High School; The Gordon Schools and Kinlochbervie High School.