Highland Outreach

The Aberdeen Science Centre team working in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland is focused on increasing Science Capital within communities, families, and community groups in remote and rural areas.

We aim to promote and support greater access to science, STEM activities and science experiences for families and community groups to enhance and encourage positive life opportunities and choices.

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Are you based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland?

We have a range of science and STEM resources for you to engage with.

ASC2U Radio Show and Podcast

ASC2U broadcasts quarterly throughout the year on Two Lochs Radio (106 or 106.6FM). 

If you missed the live broadcasts you can listen back to these on our SoundCloud channel. 

Our latest episode ‘Sustainability Highland’ explores the science behind more sustainable food production in the highlands and looks at cutting edge research into seaweed diets for sheep, that could help to reduce methane output.

Science Explorer Loan Boxes

Who? Families of all ages

What? Explore your home and surrounding area, using micro and macro measuring to delve into life right on your doorstep. Aberdeen Science Centre loan boxes are complete with chrome books containing easy to follow videos for how to operate digital microscopes. Online interactive sessions are also available if you want more help or to share ideas and discoveries.

How? We will send you everything you need to become a Science Explorer. You can borrow one of our Science Explorer boxes for 2 weeks, plenty of time to explore your home and local area.

Need help? We have created a video with some tips on using the digital microscope here! You can also join our  dedicated ‘ASC2U Highlands and Islands Facebook Group’ where you can share experiences and learn more about the science behind our everyday life.

Bookings – contact Fiona MacKenzie, to book your slot.

Science on our Coastlines

Organising a day trip to the beach with your community group? Turn your day out into a science exploration and take part in our STEM Coasts Challenge.

Get in touch with Fiona MacKenzie – – for our free pack for inspiration, full of fun activities for the whole family.


Community Workshops

As part of the Community Outreach programme, the Aberdeen Science Centre team offers the following workshops in the Highlands and Islands regions:

– The Science of Self-care
– The Science of Super Humans
– The Science of the Brain
– Space Ports

For more information on each workshop, please have a look at our Community Programme. Please note that the listed workshops are the only programmes delivered in the Highlands and Islands region.

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