More than 160 people attended Aberdeen Science Centre’s (ASC) Community Fun Day in Peterhead on Saturday (December 4), celebrating an action-packed day of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities.
Hosted by Peterhead Football Club, the event was part of the Hywind STEM hub project, a programme designed to educate the public on STEM and renewable energy, sponsored by Aberdeenshire Council.
Partnering with major north-east businesses, the Peterhead Family Fun Day featured workshops from industry experts including ASCO and Storegga Earth and was a fun-filled way for people of all ages to learn how STEM plays a vital role in topical news such as carbon capture and tech, as well as how it can be applied in everyday life.
Visitors to the ASCO stand learned how to build their own circuits and Storegga Earth demonstrated the future of energy with carbon capture activities using balloons, bicarbonate of soda and chocolate.
A STEM family fun day would not be complete without engaging experiments from Aberdeen Science Centre. Event attendees were able to get creative making their own slime and volcanos at the ASC stand, find out more about the many minerals and elements that make up the built environment and learn how to control robots using basic coding skills while also testing their engineering abilities in a tower-building challenge using K’NEX.
The event also benefited from two STEM Ambassador sessions. Engineer David Wilson broke down the fundamentals of engineering with his wire buzz game and air cannon while astrophysics student Aiden Pert wowed the audience with an out of this world activity on the solar system.
Guests were also offered a tour of Peterhead Football club and learned how physical exercise plays an important role in biology and mental health.
Kostas Minas, head of education at Aberdeen Science Centre, said: “The Peterhead Community Fun Day has been a big success and it was exciting to see so many families show an interest in STEM while enjoying an interactive day out together.
“At Aberdeen Science Centre we’re passionate about education and we really enjoyed showing how science is not just about lab coats and staring into microscopes, it literally surrounds us every day.
“We would like to thank Peterhead Football Club and our other event partners for putting on such a great day for the community and we can’t wait to hold similar events in the future.”
Peterhead Football Club community liaison officer, Nat Porter said: “We were really pleased to host this event because there was something for everyone.
“The organisations that took part showed how integral STEM education is and that’s really important to get across to the public because it plays a huge role in tackling major world issues whether that’s the energy transition, climate change, or our own physical and mental health challenges.”
In addition to the community day, Aberdeenshire Council’s Hywind STEM hub project provides renewable energy activities in all Peterhead primary schools, educates teachers on relevant workshops and offers Science Communication sessions with senior pupils from Peterhead Academy.
Aberdeen Science Centre’s outreach programme actively engages with many different communities and people of all ages and backgrounds, to promote and inspire STEM education.
Working closely to develop strong community relationships, ASC offers customised STEM content to make sure programmes and workshops are inclusive and relevant to each group, while dispelling myths and misconceptions about science.
For more information on ASC’s community outreach work, visit https://aberdeensciencecentre.org/asc-in-the-community/