In­spir­ing ac­tiv­i­ties at High­land Show

The Galloway News - - FARMING REVIEW -

Ed­u­ca­tion will once again play an im­por­tant part of the Royal High­land Show be­ing held later this month.

More than 30,000 chil­dren and 300 school groups are ex­pected to learn and dis­cover more about food, farm­ing and ru­ral life dur­ing the four-day event from June 21-24.

The Royal High­land Ed­u­ca­tion Trust (RHET) with their pro­gramme of en­gag­ing and in­spir­ing ac­tiv­i­ties linked to cur­ricu­lum-based learn­ing are back again this year. Their theme this year is Sci­ence Tech­nol­ogy En­gi­neer­ing and Maths (STEM) and will run the ma­jor­ity of the ed­u­ca­tion ac­tiv­i­ties.

RHET’s pro­gramme offers a wide-rang­ing mix­ture of book­able and drop-in ac­tiv­i­ties both in the RHET’s Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre and across the show­ground, from bak­ing sweet and savoury scones to ‘Ask a farmer’ ques­tion ses­sions, de­signed to en­gage young learn­ers about ru­ral life, and the jour­ney food takes, from farm to fork.

Ev­ery­one can learn about a bal­anced diet whilst preparing fresh in­gre­di­ents to create your own healthy and tasty dishes us­ing Scot­tish prod­ucts. This is be­ing run again by Qual­ity Meat Scot­land in their very pop­u­lar Scotch Beef Cook­ery The­atre. An­other hands-on food ac­tiv­ity is smoothie mak­ing with pedal power on a bike.

Back again this year is the seafood area, show­cas­ing Scot­land’s sea and marine life. Ex­plain­ing what the con­tents of Scot­tish seas and lochs can do for your health and well­be­ing and how we can achieve sus­tain­able seas for our fu­ture.

Dob­bies will be on site with their hands-on Seedlings Club where chil­dren aged 4-10 will dis­cover about plants, wildlife and the ben­e­fits of gar­den­ing for the en­vi­ron­ment.

Tech­nol­ogy in the in­dus­try will be show­cased by an in­ter­ac­tive for­est ma­chine sim­u­la­tor and vir­tual re­al­ity head­sets which will teach chil­dren about the forestry in­dus­try. Agri­cul­tural ma­chin­ery is an im­por­tant part of farm­ing, and older chil­dren will have the chance to get up close and per­sonal with some se­ri­ous kit in a trac­tor cab sim­u­la­tor with all the lat­est GPS tech­nol­ogy.

RHET man­ager, Katrina Bar­clay said: “School groups look­ing to at­tend the Show can book on­line via the RHET web­site (www.rhet. org.uk). To find out more about RHET’s work in agri­cul­ture and ru­ral ed­u­ca­tion you can visit our web­site. You can also sign up here to be­come a RHET sup­porter or vol­un­teer.”

With 2018 be­ing the year of young peo­ple, there will be in­for­ma­tion on ca­reers in agri­cul­ture high­light­ing work ex­pe­ri­ence op­por­tu­ni­ties in the area, and how STEM skills can be used to carve out a ca­reer in the in­dus­try.

The Dis­cov­ery Cen­tre on Av­enue Q is open ev­ery day of the four-day event, 9am-5pm. For chil­dren aged 15 and un­der ac­com­pa­nied by an adult it is free to at­tend The Royal High­land Show.

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