The Family Science Day comes at the end of a week of science workshops in primary schools across the Banff & Buchan area, which saw school children exploring and questioning science in a fun, hands-on way.

“Encouraging children to enjoy investigating science at an early age is what the Shell Family Science Days are all about.” said John Stewart, Plant Installation Manager at Shell’s St Fergus Gas Plant.

The Family Science Day, which is supported by Shell staff and students from Banff and Buchan College and Mintlaw Academy, saw hundreds of primary school pupils from all over the North East, and their families, taking part in practical science activities that featured energy transfer, forces and motion and materials such as building straw towers, making kites and creating jumping beans.

Anna Haslam, Shell Education Service Programme Manager, said: “Some of the UK’s biggest global challenges are reliant on people with science skills to find solutions, so getting children interested and enjoying science at an early age can encourage children to take that initial interest to secondary education and beyond and this is what we hope to achieve through our workshops and Family Days, which happen across the UK throughout the year.

“Many different career opportunities are available to those with science based skills so getting school children interested in and enjoying science at an early age is very important. As a global energy company we know that the need for cleaner and reliable energy is a global challenge and the answer to that will come from innovation and smart applications of science.”

John Stewart added: “Children are naturally inquisitive and like to explore new things and ask questions and science provides a good platform for them to follow their instincts. The Shell Education Service workshops encourage them to investigate science while having great fun.”

Notes to Editors

Shell seeks to initiate, establish and support Social Investment programmes that are aligned with its business. Social investment activities are themed around science education, enterprise development and innovation.

  • Shell Education Service provides a series of unique, interactive science workshops to primary school children.  Workshops are designed to support the National Curriculum and Curriculum for Excellence in primary schools, benefitting both the pupils and teachers. The Shell Education Service also organises science days for local communities and trainee teachers, building their confidence and skills in teaching science. Shell has run the Shell Education Service programme for over 50 years.
  • Shell Springboard is fully funded and managed by Shell. It provides a financial boost to UK based, small to medium sized enterprises with innovative, low carbon business ideas. Since being set up in 2005, Shell Springboard has provided awards totalling over £2.5 million to 71 companies with no strings attached.
  • Shell LiveWIRE has been running in the UK since 1982, when it was launched in the Strathclyde region of Scotland to combat the high level of youth unemployment. Since then it has helped thousands of young people in the UK to explore starting their own business and has spread to over 16 countries around the world. Shell LiveWIRE offers an independent and free online service and awards programme for young entrepreneurs.

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