SRUC and farmer McDougall build bridges and confidence at science festival

Published Wednesday, 19th July 2017 in Study at SRUC news

Science Festival
Photo caption: Photos show some of the visitors taking part in the SRUC science activities

Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) recently participated in a Fife based Science Festival organised by Dundee’s Science Centre. 

The event which was held at the Lomond Centre in Glenrothes and was designed to introduce people to the wide reaching area of science.

The event was supported by SRUC PhD students Frances Ryan and Allison Craig who developed the idea of building a bridge (from a variety of confectionery) to allow Farmer McDougall to reach her livestock which had inadvertently been stranded on an island.

The activity allowed children, and their parents, an opportunity to use their imaginations and problem solving skills which resulted in a lot of creativity and a variety of solutions.

Frances Ryan, who is based at SRUC Edinburgh campus, said: “Public engagement is so valuable. Young people come to the stall and gain an interest in something perhaps they have never thought about before. Some come up and tell us they love science, they  love animals, they live on a farm - these passions are something that are important for us to capture at a young age.”

This is the second Fife Science Festival event SRUC has attended.  The team were in Cowdenbeath in 2016 with “The picnic game” which looked at the issues impacting agriculture.

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