The aim is to inspire school students in remote regions of Scotland to study STEM subjects, by providing role models and activities that spark an interest in science in general and directly connect chemistry to their everyday lives and future career choices The workshops are themed and linked to the Curriculum for Excellence Workshops are run by students and academics from the University of Edinburgh
We emphasise the community oriented nature of the project by developing a range of activities in a variety of settings (pubs, and public spaces in the form of public talks and science mini fairs with many hands on activities. These are targeted at all ages with the purpose of encouraging discussion and debate on where science is relevant to today’s world and where scientists can make a real difference in everyone's lives.
What school years do we provide workshops for?
We are aiming to inspire school pupils to consider science as a potential career We have workshops available for S 1 and S 3 pupils. In this way we hope to encourage and assure pupils that they can, and should consider chemistry and other STEM subjects as realistic career options
What Area(s) or Themes Related to Chemistry will the Workshops Cover?
We cover a broad range of areas and themes, determined by the research activities and expertise of the staff members and PhD students involved
This can include astrochemistry nano science, medicinal chemistry, food science, analytical chemistry, spectroscopy, climate science, chemical engineering, computational science
Work with the Community
Our long term plan is to establish strong working partnerships with rural communities. We aim to offer schools and communities to explore science in a fun and educational way with our staff and students.
For further information please contact
Dr Anna Maria Maciejuk
Chemistry Widening Participation
Project Officer, School of Chemistry,
University of Edinburgh
This project is generously sponsored by Afton Chemical and supported by the Baird of Bute Trust