Lab in a Lorry at Brechin High

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Brechin High School will be the base for ‘Lab in a Lorry’ this week - allowing young people in Angus to take part in science experiments.

The mobile science lab will be in Angus today and tomorrow (Thursday) to allow local school groups to visit.

Designed to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, Lab in a Lorry offers 11 to 14-year-olds the opportunity to explore the sciences through specially created interactive experiments.

The Lab in a Lorry programme consists of three 44ft lorries that have been visiting schools, youth organisations, major events, and communities free ofcharge across the UK and Ireland since early 2005.

Each lorry is fitted with three distinct lab areas where groups of up to six young people can take part in each of the fun and informative experiments.

One mentor to every 
six students

The programme is delivered by volunteers – all practicing scientists and engineers – and with at least one volunteer mentor to every six students, everyone gets to try their hand at experimental science and think about the surprises and questions that arise.

Lab in a Lorry in Scotland is a partnership between the Institute of Physics and the Scottish Government.

The Schlumberger Foundation is a founding partner and volunteer assistance is provided by STEMNET.

The aim of Lab in a Lorry is to encourage positive attitudes towards the sciences and to make science and engineering more attractive to 11-14 year olds.

Institute of Physics spokesperson, Charlotte Govan, said: “Lab in a Lorry is a fantastic experience for young people.

“It generates excitement and curiosity in science by letting them explore experimental science for themselves with the help of expert mentors.”

Schools, youth organisations and communities can invite Lab in a Lorry to visit them through the website www.labinalorry.org.uk which also contains information on how to become a volunteer.

Lab in a Lorry is actively recruiting additional partners to ensure the programme expands and continues to be a free experience for all.

For more information on partnerships, please visit the Lab in a Lorry website.