Free kit helps children conduct science experiments

Published: 6 August 2019

More than 600 children in the Midlothian region in Scotland have taken part in an international campaign that inspires young people to develop their own science learning.

Easter Bush Campus took part in a national campaign to raise awareness of the mammals’ plight and help safeguard their future.

Primary school children were given toolkits developed by the Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre (EBSOC), as part of the UK-wide Great Science Share for Schools, that allowed pupils to carry out investigations into microbiology and animal behaviour.

Teachers helped pupils to create their own scientific questions and use the scientific method, just as professional scientists do, to investigate their ideas. The pupils shared their findings with their peers, families, wider school community and visiting scientists from the Roslin Institute and the wider Easter Bush Campus.

Researchers from The Roslin Institute, Roslin Technologies and Scotland’s Rural College visited children at three local primary schools – Cuiken, Mauricewood and Strathesk, where the pupils shared the results of their investigation.

We were very excited to be part of an international project that places children’s own questions and investigations at the centre of the event. It was very impressive to see the standard of science and the way the scientific method was used.

Jayne Quoiani, Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre Officer

The Great Science Share campaign focuses on child-led learning and experimentation. The event takes place annually to encourage young people into science and engineering and has reached hundreds of thousands of young people since its launch in 2016.

Founded by SEERIH at The University of Manchester, the Great Science Share for Schools provides a range of resources to support teachers and colleagues interested in developing Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Education.

Download the EBSOC Animal Behaviour Toolkit for teachers


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