The science behind a successful transition

Primary 7 pupils from Grange Academy’s cluster primary schools gathered recently for the most hotly anticipated transition day of the year – the Science Fair.

More than 260 pupils enjoyed their first exciting experiences of biology, chemistry and physics at secondary school when they took part in interactive experiments.

With support from Kilmarnock Engineering and Science Society, the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory, Ayrshire Astronomical Society, the Glasgow Science Centre and St Andrew’s Geobus, topics explored included energy, living things and matter, where budding young scientists explored questions posed by the greatest scientific minds of our time.

Pupils carried out scientific tasks in challenging and enjoyable workshops – including rockets, Flubber, Geobus, Van de Graaff Generator, Astronomy and Body Works.

The youngsters also found out about the huge range of interesting careers they could pursue in science, around the world – everything from being a volcanologist, to a forensic scientist or oceanographer.

Science teacher and organiser Morag Ferguson said: “For some pupils, this was their very first visit to the science department – and we hope that it was a memorable and positive experience for all of them.”

Depute Provost Claire Leitch, Councillor Douglas Reid, Leader of the Council and Councillor Fiona Campbell, Cabinet Member for Skills and Learning attended the science fair and joined in the fun.

Councillor Fiona Campbell said: “I can see why our pupils were so excited about the science fair. It was a fantastic event, full of colour, noise and activity. It not only brought new areas of science to life, but also introduced the children to their future classmates and teachers in a very enjoyable and natural way.

“Congratulations to all Grange Academy Science staff for organising this very successful event.”

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