This week, Fionnadh Carroll, STEM Engagement Officer for the Dingwall ‘Newton Room’ delivered a taster session to P7 pupils from Ardross and Newmore at Ardross Hall.
They are currently in the process of refurbishing the space in Dingwall Town Hall to become a local ‘Newton Room’. Whilst it awaits completion of this work, they are offering taster sessions for Primary 7 pupils.
The children explored different ways to estimate, calculate and measure distances then use LEGO MINDSTORM robots to assess their accuracy. They calculated the circumference of their robot’s wheels and plot a course around the perimeter of shapes.
This was a super session for the children and they loved using the robots to aid their learning.
The Science Skills Academy (SSA) delivers hands-on practical STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) activities to P6-S2 students in the Highlands and Islands. Our aim is for the sessions to excite and inspire students, and encourage them to study STEM subjects at school and beyond. We also introduce students to the wide variety of STEM career pathways, both in general and in the Highlands and Islands region. The SSA is a programme led by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and run in partnership with the Highland Council, NHS Highland, Skills Development Scotland, and the University of the Highlands and Islands.