Lend-A-Lab

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Lend-A-Lab is a programme that provides equipment, support and inspiration to teachers to allow them to deliver engaging and effective Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths activities in the classroom. It is completely FREE of charge to primary schools in the Highland Council area and supported by the STEM team at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

What do you get?

  • To borrow a class set (33 pupils) of quality STEM equipment and resources for a four week period.
  • A teacher CLPL on the equipment and how to use it in the classroom, delivered in your school by the STEM team.
  • An introductory session on the topic delivered to classes in your school by a member of the STEM Team.
  • 3 lesson plans to assist you to use equipment in the class.

Children in science lab

What teachers are saying about Lend-A-Lab content

What teachers are saying about Lend-A-Lab

What teachers are saying about Lend-A-Lab

'It was excellent that the CPD training could be timed directly after class delivery as it inspired the teachers to find out more, having seen their pupils so fully engaged during their lesson. Mairi was able to give all the staff confidence to further develop skills with their own classes and build on previous learning.'

Farr (Suth) Primary School

‘Plans were amazingly clear and well organised so that I was able to go straight into the class and deliver a session as laid out in the lesson plans without having to spend hours familiarising myself with equipment.’

Carrbridge Primary School

'I thought this was a great resource and used it with children from P1-7. They all got so much out of it. I picked ideas out of the lesson plans bit structured them my own way to suit the age/stage of the children. Mairi explained it very clearly to the children and adults and gave me good ideas for how I could use it in forth coming maths lessons on angles. I would love to have it in school again!'

North West Sutherland Schools

What topics are available? content

What topics are available?

What topics are available?

Science Investigators

This equipment and activity set allows first level pupils to build practical science skills. Activities include using microscopes, exploring acids and alkalis and making predictions.

Suitable for P2 - P4

What is in this kit box?:

  • Lab coats and goggles
  • Pipettes, test tubes and test tube racks
  • Microscopes
  • Materials to test

Electricity

The electricity kit is designed to help teachers and classes explore a range of electricity activities. Activities include, making a battery, designing and building different electrical circuits and investigating insulators and conductors.

Suitable for P4 - P7

Example of what is in the kit:

  • Snap circuits
  • Makey Makey inventors kit
  • Battery making kit

Space

This kit gives examples, ideas and equipment, to teach the space topic across the school emphasising cross-curricular activities. Activities include relative space (using maths to calculate relative sizes and distances between planets), investigating meteorites and craters, exploring galaxies using citizen science and exploring forces by building rockets.

Suitable for P4 - P7

What is in the kit:

  • Bottle Rocket launcher
  • Meteorite and rock samples
  • Playdough and other equipment for relative space

Engineering

The engineering kit provides equipment and activity ideas to help pupils to develop their engineering knowledge and teamworking skills by constructing projects using super-sized building materials. Activities include building a car, exploring angles and building a catapult.

Suitable for P4 - P7

What is in the kit?:

  • Hard wearing building kit including nuts, bolts, joints, planks
How to sign up to Lend-A-Lab content

How to sign up to Lend-A-Lab

How to sign up to Lend-A-Lab

If your school would like to be involved with Lend-A-Lab, first select two potential loan periods that would be suitable for your school and then email STEM@uhi.ac.uk with the following details.

  • School name
  • Which equipment set you are interested in
  • 2 x suitable loan periods
  • School staff contact name and email address

Schools are eligible to borrow one Lend-A-Lab kit per academic year. We will endeavour to get back to you within two working weeks to confirm whether we have availability for your chosen kit and loan period. If we do not have availability you will be placed on a waiting list for next year.

Loan periods for 2019 – 2020

Science Investigators

Date for Introductory session, CLPL and kit drop-offPick up week (end of loan period)Available / booked
Wednesday 29th January Week commencing 2nd March Booked
Thursday 30th January Week commencing 2nd March Booked
Wednesday 4th March Week commencing 20th April Booked
Thursday 5th March Week commencing 20th April Booked
Wednesday 6th May Week commencing 8th June Booked
Thursday 7th May Week commencing 8th June  
Wednesday 10th June Week commencing 6th July Booked
Thursday 11th June Week commencing 6th July  Booked

Electricity

Date for Introductory session, CLPL and kit drop-offPick up week (end of loan period)Available / booked
Tuesday 4th February Week commencing 9th March Booked
Wednesday 5th February Week commencing 9th March Booked
Thursday 6th February Week commencing 9th March Booked
Tuesday 10th March Week commencing 27th April  
Wednesday 11th March Week commencing 27th April Booked
Thursday 12th March Week commencing 27th April  
Tuesday 19th May Week commencing 22nd June Booked
Wednesday 20th May Week commencing 22nd June Booked
Thursday 21st May Week commencing 22nd June Booked

Space

Date for Introductory session, CLPL and kit drop-offPick up week (end of loan period)Available / booked
Tuesday 21st January Week commencing 24th February Booked
Wednesday 22nd January Week commencing 24th February Booked
Thursday 23rd January Week commencing 24th February Booked
Tuesday 25th February Week commencing 20th March Booked
Wednesday 26th February Week commencing 20th March Booked
Thursday 27th February Week commencing 20th March Booked
Tuesday 28th April Week commencing 1st June  
Wednesday 29th April Week commencing 1st June  
Thursday 30th April Week commencing 1st June  

Engineering

Date for Introductory session, CLPL and kit drop-offPick up week (end of loan period)Available / booked
Tuesday 28th January Week commencing 2nd March Booked
Tuesday 3rd March Week commencing 20th April Booked
Tuesday 5th May Week commencing 8th June Booked
Tuesday 9th June Week commencing 6th July Booked