The 2016 Eisenthal Prize winner

The Eisenthal prize is awarded to the top ranked student report submitted after the completion of one of the Society’s Summer Vacation Studentships. This years winner, Rachel Lau, writes about her experiences over the summer vacation. You can find out more about the Eisenthal prize and read Rachel’s report here. You can apply for a 2017 Summer Vacation Studentship here.

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Rebecca Downing, Rachel Lau and Sarah Martin (L to R)

 

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Gopher Lab Science: a primary transition project bringing science to life!

By Lorna Libreri, Principal Teacher of Science, Breadalbane Academy

Breadalbane Academy is a combined junior and senior school (age 3-18 years) in Perth and Breadalbane 2Kinross. In November 2015, our school ran its first Gopher Science Lab. These events empower pupils to experience teaching as part of their own learning process. Through Gopher Science Labs secondary school teachers guide their 1st year (S1) pupils (age 12-13 years) and show them how to safely demonstrate, teach and explain a range of practical activities to pupils in the final year of primary school (P7 – age 11-12 years) as part of a transition programme.

We started by inviting all of our feeder primary schools. We are in a rural location and our catchment is geographically large. In total, 65 P7 pupils attended from the Royal School of Dunkeld, Kenmore Primary School, Breadalbane Primary School and Glenlyon Primary School, as well as additional primary pupils from Logierait and Bankfoot. Continue reading