STEM Learning - Aberdeen Science Centre
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We aim to offer inspirational science experiences for learners of all ages and abilities.


As a member of the Scottish Science Centre Network, Aberdeen Science Centre is an HMIE-inspected educational organisation and offers support for school and community education in line with the Curriculum for Excellence. Download our STEM Learning Programme – 2016-2017.


We’ll support you from the moment you get in touch. Ensuring your visit goes smoothly, we can also help with educational resources for the classroom.


If you’re planning a group visit with adults, teens, or children from community groups we can help plan your visit.

Download our STEM Learning Programme – 2016-2017.

  • If you are planning a community group visit (children, teens or adults), click here
  • If you are looking for a list of our Little Explorer Days, click here

At Aberdeen Science Centre, there is a range of exciting educational resources. The main exhibition floor allows pupils to interact with over 50 exhibits with various science and technology themes. This facilitates learning in a fun, hands-on way, through self-led discovery and play.

As part of your pre-booked visit, pupils will also have the opportunity to develop their investigative skills with your choice of interactive workshop or show.  You can pre-select your shows and workshops from a wide range of topics, allowing you to tailor your visit to explore different areas of the curriculum. All of our shows and workshops are curriculum linked and there are topic-specific teacher guides and follow up activities available for download. For a full list of workshops see our Education Programme.

Most of the workshops in our Education Programme are also available on outreach for schools and community groups. Please contact the STEM Learning Team on 01224 640340 for more information or to get a quote for outreach.

Subscribe to our Education Newsletter to be informed of our new shows, workshops and other STEM related news:


Aberdeen Science Centre is committed to working with teachers to improve science teaching and learning in the classroom. We have developed a series of CPD sessions that take place throughout the year at both at Aberdeen Science Centre and at various locations throughout Aberdeenshire. CPD sessions can also be booked to take place in your school.

Sessions we offer include: All About Inside Me, Weather Around Us, Space, Kitchen Chemistry and Facilitating Science Investigations.

Information on upcoming CPD sessions including how to book can be found by clicking here.

We also offer our Energy4me CPD, developed in partnership with the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and Aberdeen City Council. Energy4me uses the world of oil and gas to explore energy and technology. All attendees of Energy4me CPDs receive a free copy of the book Oil and Natural Gas as well as teaching aids, lesson plans and access to further Energy4me resources.


Loan Materials

Aberdeen Science Centre is in possession of a wide range of hands-on materials for exploring science and we are happy to loan materials out to teachers that wish to explore topics in their classrooms before or after visiting Aberdeen Science Centre with their class.

We have designed a selection of activities and associated kits, for primary schools on the themes Colour and Light, Weather (Windy Day), Circuits and Puzzletastic Maths.  Each loan box comes complete with teacher guides and activity ideas. We also have a variety of equipment that you can loan, such as microscopes, model skeletons and test tubes. If you are looking for something specific to loan, please do not hesitate to contact our STEM Learning Team.

Aberdeen Science Centre also offers special loan equipment provided by SSERC (Scottish Schools Education Research Centre) aimed at secondary schools, which includes:

  • Infrared (IR) Thermal Imaging Camera
  • Spectrophotometer (with fibre optic probe)
  • Colourimeters
  • Cloud Chamber

All SSERC equipment is free of charge. For more information on these items, click here.

Materials are available free of charge to teachers who attend a CPD session run by Aberdeen. A small fee may be applied to loans by any other teachers. Materials can be loaned for a period of one week or more (subject to availability).  To continue building relationships with local teachers and to learn more about the science investigations taking place in classrooms, we would ask that as part of the loan process, you provide us with feedback as to how you used the materials in your classroom.


Developed by NASA, 21st Century Explorer is a schools education programme which utilises the internet, animation and video to introduce science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts and NASA space exploration topics.  The online resources include a series of pupil-led investigations designed to be carried out in the classroom (P4-7), with introductory information provided by an expert in the specific subject area, teacher support materials and pupil investigation guide booklets.  The twelve investigation topics are:

  • Are we there yet?
  • Why do astronauts eat tortillas instead of bread?
  • How would your body change in space?
  • How can we travel faster in space?
  • What will replace the space shuttle?
  • Why do robots travel places before people?
  • Why return to the moon before going to Mars?
  • Why do we want to study and travel to Mars?
  • Where would a space explorer find water and oxygen?
  • What would you find on the moon’s surface?
  • What would you hear in a weather report from Mars?

How will your imagination help you become an explorer?

The HMIe Scottish Science Centre Follow Through Report

Aberdeen, along with the three other science centres in Scotland is an HMIe inspected educational facility. Following our visit in June the Scottish Science Centre Follow Through report has now been published detailing our contribution to both formal and informal science education and our progress over the last two years since the last inspection. If you are interested then the report can be found at

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