Energising lessons for pupils
Children from Cathkin High School spent a day in the life of scientists and engineers, at the National Museum of Rural Life, as part of the Get Energised programme.
Funded by the ScottishPower Foundation, the initiative aims to give secondary school students a hands-on experience of the real life worlds of science and engineering. The interactive workshops feature a series of problem solving challenges, such as building wave technology models and working water turbine and generating electricity.
Now in its second year, Get Energised has been opened up to S1 and S2 pupils of the Cambuslang school, to encourage them to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) related subjects at National Qualification level; by encouraging them to engage with the challenges scientists and engineers in Scotland face every day, looking at areas such as landscape, renewable energy and weather.
Last year, the project was targeted at older secondary school pupils but was expanded this year in response to demand from teachers.
Ann Loughrey, trustee and executive officer, ScottishPower Foundation, said:“Here in Scotland there is currently a shortage of pupils taking STEM subjects, yet we have a fantastic reputation for producing great scientists, inventors and engineers. Our goal is to help continue this legacy, by inspiring pupils in Glasgow and across Scotland, to continue their studies of science throughout secondary school and potentially into a career.”
Stephen Allen, head of learning and programmes at National Museums Scotland, said:“We developed Get Energised to help pupils explore the impact science and technology has on our lives and our environment.
“Today’s workshop was a real success and I have now doubt we have definitely seen some future scientists and engineers in the making!”