never too young to study Science at all-girls Kilgraston School.
aged six to eight from Lower Prep had a hands-on science lesson this week
in the Sacred Heart school’s brand-new £1m Science Centre.
youngsters added bicarbonate of soda to vinegar and watched the reaction
release carbon dioxide to blow up their balloons.
the course of the lesson by Chemistry teacher Miss Anne Marie Losty, they also
found out about gases and chemical reactions, how to conduct an experiment
safely and the importance of safety goggles in the laboratory.
Losty said: “Studying chemistry, physics, biology, technology, engineering and
maths is at the heart of our curriculum. At Kilgraston, even our youngest girls
can take advantage of our state-of-the-art facilities in addition to their
normal science lessons, which really can inspire them.”
added: "Women are under-represented in science so we endeavour to
introduce our girls to the subject at an early age. All our girls are strongly
encouraged to study at least one science at Intermediate level and sciences are
popular choices here at Higher and Advanced Higher Level. My colleagues and I
encourage our girls to pursue science, technology and engineering routes to
University and then into related careers, and many of our former pupils have
gone on to become doctors, engineers and physicists.”
Science Centre will be officially opened next month by Professor Lesley
Yellowlees, Vice Principal and Head of the College of Science and Engineering
at the University of Edinburgh. She is also President of the Royal Society
pictures, to follow, show:
Cecilia Queisser and Pippa Morrison conducting their experiment.
Ellie Alexander sees the outcome of the experiment.
20 May 2014
– Alan Clark, 01324 875454