Science Week a hit with academy pupils

Mintlaw Academy pupils at British Science Week held at RGU.
Mintlaw Academy pupils at British Science Week held at RGU.

Exploding jelly beans, sticky slime, homemade ice cream and liquid that changes colour all caught the imagination of budding north-east scientists this Easter.

Robert Gordon University (RGU) hosted a series of evening events for British Science Week in March which attracted more than 75 secondary school pupils from Aberdeen and across Aberdeenshire.

Funded by the British Science Association, RGU scientists laid on several hands-on activities for the young people to experience and enjoy.

Pupils from Fraserburgh Academy, Mintlaw Academy, Hazlehead Academy and Northfield Academy all took the chance to learn more about science during the week of activities.

Pupils were able to make their own ice cream with liquid nitrogen as well as create slime and see what happens when you heat jelly beans with a Bunsen burner.

RGU scientists also created a liquid mixture which changed colour throughout one of the sessions and asked the pupils to shout out when it changed.

Other sessions through the week included an introduction to DNA, Forensic Science in action and the process behind Hospital Diagnosis.

Dr Marie Goua from RGU’s School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences worked with a large team of colleagues to plan and deliver the activities.

Commenting, she said: “British Science Week is a fantastic way to inspire pupils about science and the different career opportunities available in the field.

“The pupils enjoyed each session we held and carried out a number of experiments with guidance from experienced scientists here at RGU.

“Getting the chance to make their own flavoured ice cream definitely got their attention.

“It was great to see how keen they were to learn how it was possible by using science.

“We have had a fantastic week and would like to thank the British Science Association for funding all of the activities we were able to lay on,” she added.