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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.

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). 

Our latest episode in the ASC2U series is out now to listen to on demand, ’Scotland’s Rainforest Under the Microscope’.  

In this episode we did dig down, peering into the world beneath Scotland’s very own rainforest. Our resident explorer, Fiona, and guests will look at fungi who assist in soil creation and their special relationship with trees and the important of conserving the habitat around Ben Shieldaig. 

 Listen to this show on demand HERE.

Our Guests:
Professor John Hedger
Caz Austen and Malcolm Turner – Woodland Trust
Dr. Andy Taylor – James Hutton Institute

For more information about topics covered in the programme, please visit:
Saving Scotland’s Rainforest
Scottish School of Forestry 

You can also listen back to our previous episode, where we delved into the fascinating  development of small wind turbines and life in the renewables industry.

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.


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 dedicated Facebook Group where families can share experiences and learn more about the science behind our everyday life.

Bookings – contact Fiona MacKenzie, to book your slot.

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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