Fife’s budding young scientists gathered with their families on 15th May at a special Family Day run by the Shell Education Service. The event took place at St Colme House in Aberdour and was attended by over 1300 people. Around 250 people also attended a Family Day at Kirklands High School and Community College in Methil on 8th May.
The Family Days, which are supported by staff from the Shell Fife NGL Plant, sees families from all over The Kingdom taking part in practical science investigations that feature electricity, energy transfer, forces and motion and materials.
The St Colme House event marked the end of a fortnight of workshops which saw over eighteen hundred children from twenty nine of Fife’s primary schools exploring and questioning science in a fun, hands-on way.
The workshops are designed to support the “Skills in Science – Investigating” aspect of the Scottish National Guidelines throughout P1-P7.
Meg Post, one of the workshop leaders from the Shell Education Service, said: “Children are naturally inquisitive so when they are faced with investigating science their excitement is there for everyone to see. Continuing their interest in science into secondary education and beyond is very important so reaching so many primary children is very important. Having fun at an early age can encourage that to happen.”
Alex Baird, Plant Installation Manager at Shell U.K. Limited’s Fife NGL Plant said: ‘“Over the last two weeks around 1,800 primary school children across Fife have had fun investigating and learning about science. The two Shell Education Service’s Family Days have seen 1,350 young people and their families enjoying science and that’s fantastic news.
The world needs more engineers and scientists to address the challenges we all face both now and in the future so it’s really important to encourage an interest in science at an early age. As well as encouraging young people to take an interest in science the Shell Education Service helps support teachers promote a greater interest in science with young children.”
Alex Baird added, “The Family Days in Fife are extremely well supported by the staff at Mossmorran and I’d like to thank them for making the events at St Colme House and at Kirklands High School and Community College in Methil such a huge success.”