The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 1 February 2008

Science brought to Ayrshire pupils - on a lorry!

LAB IN A LORRY, a mobile science lab for young people, will visit several Ayrshire schools to try and connect young people in the region to science.

Local school groups will take part in organised visits to the Lab which will be based at the following locations:

Wednesday 12th March 2008 – Carrick Academy, Maybole
Thursday 13th March 2008 – Grange Academy, Kilmarnock
Friday 14th March 2008 - Ayr Academy, Ayr
Tuesday 18th March 2008 - Doon Academy, Dalmellington
Wednesday 19th March 2008 - Auchinleck Academy, Auchinleck
Thursday 20th March 2008 – Cumnock Academy, Cumnock

Volunteers are key to the success of Lab in a Lorry. Further information on Lab in a Lorry is available at

If you would like to assist as a volunteer on any of the above dates, please contact Alison Tait, Business Liaison Officer at Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce on 01292 678666 or email

Designed to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, Lab in a Lorry offers 11-14 year olds the opportunity to explore science 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-of-charge across the UK and Ireland from 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. The programme is delivered by volunteers – all practising 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, the Offshore Training Foundation and the Scottish Government. The Schlumberger Foundation is a founding partner. The aim of Lab in a Lorry is to encourage positive attitudes towards science and to make science and engineering more attractive to 11-14 year olds.

Institute of Physics spokesperson Ian Cuthbert 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.”

Schlumberger Foundation spokesperson Johana Dunlop said: “Lab in a Lorry offers young people a captivating experience. It brings science to life through experiments that demonstrate the rules governing everyday events. We hope Lab in a Lorry will help to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.”

Offshore Training Foundation spokesperson John Ramsay OBE said: “Much has been written about the lack of interest young people have in science and technology and how the number of young people taking up these subjects at secondary school and university has fallen over the years. This means that industries, like oil and gas, which depend on science, engineering and technology skills are now finding it difficult to find the talented people they need. In an effort to reverse this trend the oil and gas industry in partnership with the Offshore Training Foundation is supporting Lab in a Lorry when it visits schools throughout Scotland.”

Schools, youth organisations and communities can invite Lab in a Lorry to visit them through the website 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.

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