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Pupils get a taste for land-based industries at Oatridge

Published Wednesday, 6th March 2013 in Study at SRUC news

Oatridge Taster Day

Over 200 pupils from as far away as the Scottish Borders took part in a variety of land-based activities over the two Taster Days that ran recently at SRUC, Oatridge Campus.

The activities were specially designed to give S4-S5 a flavour of the studies available at the campus and offered an invaluable opportunity for them to get hands on experience away from school.

Before they arrived the pupils decided which three activities they would like to try from a choice of eight. Those who selected Countryside Management played nature detectives; the pupils looked for signs of animal activity, for example identifying pine cones nibbled by squirrels. The Activity Tourism groups created a spider web with cord held between two trees and worked as a team to get through it. The Engineering option included supervised tractor driving. Other pupils enjoyed making a heart out of a metal bar in the Forge work facilities, working with bricks in the Landscaping workshop and learning more about livestock and other animals in the Equine, Animal Care or Agriculture slots.

The evaluation forms completed at the end of the day were all incredibly positive and included comments like “very interesting, enjoyed the practicals” and “I would definitely come to this college”.

SRUC Oatridge Campus Taster Days typically take place towards the end of February with invitations to schools sent out every autumn. For more information please contact Emilia Barrero, Emilia.Barrero@sruc.ac.uk.

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