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Great ideas stem from pupils’ science work

Taking part in a workshop on vital organs are, left to right, Cardinal Newman pupils Emma Marchbank and Tyler Watt and depute headteacher Katie Taggart.

Taking part in a workshop on vital organs are, left to right, Cardinal Newman pupils Emma Marchbank and Tyler Watt and depute headteacher Katie Taggart.

PUPILS at Cardinal Newman High School in Bellshill found out how great ideas can stem from the appliance of science at a special series of workshops last week.

Lab in a Lorry, a mobile science lab for young people, visited the school for three days as part of a drive to try and connect young people to science.

Designed to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, Lab in a Lorry offers 11 to 14-year-olds the opportunity to explore science through specially created interactive experiments and a series of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) workshops.

The programme consists of three 44ft lorries, each fitted with three distinct lab areas where groups of up to six young people can take part in each of the fun and informative experiments.

The programme is delivered by volunteers – all practicing scientists and engineers – and with at least one volunteer mentor to every six students, everyone gets to try their hand at experimental science and think about the surprises and questions that arise.

Lab in a Lorry in Scotland is a partnership between the Institute of Physics, the oil and gas industry’s skills organisation OPITO, the Scottish Government, the Dulverton Trust, the Rank Prize Funds and the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

 

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