Success for 'Lab in a Lorry"

posted 18 May 2011, 10:34 by Alistar Frater
In March, MSPs and representatives from science-based industry and the Institute of Physics in Scotland were welcomed to Holy Rood High School by IOP Fellow Heather Reid at an event that celebrated Lab in a Lorry’s success over the last four years.

Lab in a Lorry, the mobile science lab for young people, provides school students with hands-on opportunities to explore science through specially created interactive experiments.

Heather introduced the event by outlining the importance of science and engineering to the economy. Kenny MacAskill MSP, congratulated Lab in a Lorry for carrying on the important work of encouraging youngsters to study the sciences at school.

The event was hosted in the school library where guests commented on the warm reception by Holy Rood pupils and staff plus the stunning views across Duddingston Loch. The school’s very own TARDIS, which was built by pupils at Holy Rood, also drew admiration from many of those present who admitted that they were fans of Dr Who.

After the reception, guests enjoyed looking round the Lorry accompanied by Holy Rood pupils who had volunteered to stay on after school. This event was the culmination of a two day visit to Holy Rood by Lab in a Lorry, during which time more than 200 S1 and S2 pupils gained hands on experience of imaginative and thought provoking experiments. The Lorry was manned by volunteers from around Edinburgh who were keen to show the pupils that careers in science and engineering are well worthwhile.