The event was part of a week of science workshops in 12 primary schools across the North East which saw school children exploring and questioning science in a fun, hands-on way.

Glen Cayley, Technical Vice-President for Shell Upstream Europe, said:  “The Family Day in Fraserburgh is always a great success and this year was no different.  Shell Education Service runs science workshops across the UK for more than 60,000 young people.  The introduction of science helps children understand the important part it plays in everyone’s lives and hopefully encourages them to think of science as a career. Getting parents involved is a big boost too.”

Research carried out for the Shell Education Service earlier this year discovered that despite 91% of parents in Scotland having a good understanding of basic scientific principles, 18% avoid talking to their children about science. 

The poll also identified the questions parents most dread being asked with the top answer – “Why is the sky blue?” – (28%) far outweighing - “where do babies come from?” - (1%).  The top five scientific black spots for parent are:

  1. Why is the sky blue? 28%
  2. Why does the car work? 20%
  3. What is water made of? 12%
  4. Why can birds fly? 9%
  5. How do fish breathe? 8%

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