Senior citizens to join interactive workshops

Abbey Court in Mintlaw.
Abbey Court in Mintlaw.

Senior citizens across Aberdeenshire are set to take part in a range of interactive workshops, helping to engage them in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

TechFest will take its brand new programme, ‘Silver Science Tour’, to care homes and sheltered housing complexes throughout February and March, visiting hundreds of residents.

Among the care homes and sheltered housing schemes taking part are Kynnaird House in Fraserburgh and Abbey Court in Mintlaw.

The programme was developed after a very successful trial at last year’s TechFest in September, when senior citizens were invited to a ‘Tea and Tour of TechFest’.

They took part in a variety of games and activities, from a mobile planetarium to building towers using K’Nex.

Among the Silver Science Tour workshops, which are supported by Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils are Terrific Teeth, a session investigating the science behind a healthy smile, and STEM Bingo, where players are asked various questions on STEM related subjects and have to mark the answers on their cards.

TechFest managing director, Sarah Chew, said: “This is a very exciting new programme of events for the seniors and the first time TechFest has gone out to care home and assisted-living facilities, supported by Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils.

“The enthusiasm shown by the homes has been terrific and we can’t wait to get out there and take our workshops to the residents.

“We have been running events for the seniors for a few years now and they are hugely popular as it gives people the opportunity to try out new experiences which they may not have previously had the chance to.”

Through a year-round programme of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities, TechFest’s aim is to engage, challenge, inform and inspire people and encourage them to choose a career which utilises these skills.