Visiting the STEM Hub

Planning a visit

Primary school classes can visit our STEM Hub at Inverness Campus for full or half day visits. This is a great opportunity to take part in inspiring, hands-on STEM activities while experiencing a working University Campus and research facility.

Half day visit – 2 hours

Pupils will take part in an interactive STEM workshop of your choice.

Full day visit – 4 hours

Pupils will take part in a 2 hour STEM workshop of your choice in the morning, after lunch choose between an aspiration raising ‘what is University?’ session or a STEM careers session.

 

Early Coders!

Get children excited about coding! Using simple coding toys this sessions provides a very basic introduction to computers and how we can give them instructions for early level children. Children will getting hands-on and solving simple problems with our robots.

Curriculum for Excellence links: Technologies 0-13a, 0-14a, 0-14b

Suitable for: Nursery, P1

Microscopy

Pupils will discover how a microscope works and then work with a selection of different microscopes to explore what a range of samples looks like. We will compare samples of living and non-living things, thinking about what the differences are and then record our findings just like real scientists!

Curriculum for Excellence links: Sciences SCN 1-01, SCN 1-12b
Suitable for: Primary 2, 3 or 4

Pupils examining samples using microscopes

Science Investigators

Learn how to be a scientist. Through a series of fun experiments pupils will learn about the different skills you need to be a good scientist. Pupils will need to use observation, special scientific equipment and brilliant listening and team work skills in this fun hands-on workshop.


Curriculum for Excellence links: First level sciences: enquiry and investigative skills. SCN 1-15a, SCN 1-16a   
Suitable for: Primary 2, 3 or 4

Children in science lab

Coding 1-3

(These independent workshops can be provided as a series of three visits or individually.)

Coding 1

Pupils will be introduced to the basic concepts of computer programming. Taking part in hands-on, floor based activities, pupils will learn about the importance of logic and quality of information in programming. Encouraging pupils to start coding for themselves we will introduce some online games that they can continue to practise at home or back in school.

Coding 2

This sessions is an introduction to using the coding language ‘Scratch’. Pupils will be taken through the basics and by the end of the session will have produced their own game on ‘Scratch’ to showcase to the rest of the class.

Coding 3

Pupils will have the opportunity to download some code they have created to a CodeBug! Pupils will be challenged to use their problem solving skills to get their CodeBug to complete different tasks.

Curriculum for Excellence links:Technologies TCH 2-09a
Suitable for: Primary 5, 6 or 7

Pupils coding in the STEM Hub

DNA Discovery!

Learn about what DNA is and why scientists are so interested in it! Pupils will get hands-on conducting an experiment extracting some real DNA from fruit and then take part in some interactive activities learning about hereditary traits and what makes us all different.

Curriculum for Excellence links: Sciences SCN 2-14b
Suitable for: Primary 5, 6 or 7

Pupils conducting an experiment

Electricity!

Pupils will get hands-on building different circuits and making a battery. They will also use electricity to get creative, creating a fruit piano!

Curriculum for Excellence links: Sciences SCN 2-09a, SCN 2-10a

Suitable for: Primary 5, 6 or 7

Invention and Innovation - 3D printing

Creativity and technology coming together! Pupils will have the opportunity to use Computer Assisted Design (CAD) to design an invention for our 3-D printers to create.

Curriculum for Excellence links: Technologies TCH 2-01a
Suitable for: Primary 5, 6 or 7

A child displaying a 3D printed robot

Light Fantastic! (1)

Light is fantastic and essential for our survival but how does it work? Pupils will explore the properties of light with hands-on experiments. Investigating reflection, refraction and splitting light, they will take part in a series challenges using specialist equipment and will create their own periscope.

Curriculum for Excellence links: Sciences SCN 2-11b

Suitable for: Primary 5, 6 or 7

Light Fantastic! (2)

Explore shadow and colour in this exciting workshop. Pupils will have the opportunity to experiment making different shadows and using colour filters. Learn about how we see things in different colours and take part in some optical illusions.

Curriculum for Excellence links: Sciences SCN 2-11b

Suitable for: Primary 5, 6 or 7

Oil Slick

Pupils will put their investigative skills to use in solving an environmental disaster! Experimenting with different materials pupils will come up with a solution for cleaning up and oil slick and learn about how human activity can affect our environment.

Curriculum for Excellence links: Social Sciences SOC 2-08a, Technologies TCH 1-10a

Suitable for: Primary 5, 6 or 7

Renewables

In this session we will look at different forms of renewable energy. Pupils will work as a team to conduct science experiments using our wind turbine kits and will explore another type of renewable energy using interactive models.

Curriculum for Excellence links: Technologies 2-02b
Suitable for: Primary 5, 6 or 7

Pupils learning about renewable energy

Space

Pupils will build models of planets and learn about the scale and distances in our solar system. They will discover how craters are formed and explore some materials from space. 

Curriculum for Excellence links: Sciences 2-06a
Suitable for: Primary 5, 6 or 7

Pupils learning about space

Aspirational afternoon workshops

What is a university?

Pupils will explore what a university is and why people go there. This session gives pupils the opportunity to explore their own aspirations for the future and take part in a mini graduation ceremony just like a real students!

Length: 1 hour

 

Children graduating

STEM careers

Explore the world of STEM careers. Pupils will take part in fun, interactive games finding out about the different skills you need for a range of STEM jobs.

Length: 1 hour

Childrens pictures of STEM careers