Outreach

The SMS has paired with the RMS to distribute their Microscopy Activity Kits around Scotland.

To learn more about what the kit contains follow the link to the RMS website below, or to book the kit for an event around Scotland, either email us directly or use the contact form at the bottom of the page.

Where our RMS Kit has been used around Scotland

University of Aberdeen May Festival, 21-26th May 2019

In 2019 May Fest celebrated its 7th year with its biggest programme to date. Debbie Wilkinson and Kevin Mackenzie from the Microscopy and Histology Core Facility at the University of Aberdeen took part in the Schools’ programme and ran a workshop called “Explore the Hidden World”, allowing school children to explore a wide range of everyday objects in close-up using a selection of microscopes from the kit provided by the RMS. The programme attracted more than 600 children from 12 primary schools located in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.

In addition to this, Debbie and Kevin also took part in the fantastic Hall of Mayhem on the Sunday, with over 1,580 people visiting the drop-in sessions making it the busiest year to date. Families were able to use the RMS microscope kit to look at a variety of samples in much more detail.

 

 

Heriot-Watt Family Day, Edinburgh Science Festival, 14th April 2019

"Paracetamol when you've got a headache. Antibiotics to treat an infection. Antacids to relieve heartburn. Everyone uses drugs at some point in their lives. But how do they work? And how are new drugs discovered in the first place? These were some of the questions central to Drug Lab, a workshop at the Heriot Watt University Family Fun Day, as part of the Edinburgh Science Festival. This workshop, run by PhD students of the Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering, took visitors on the fascinating journey of drug development through a series of small activities and demonstrations, ranging from microscopy to microfluidics. The workshop was a great success and we hope it inspired many young scientists-to-be!"

Boy Van Basten, a PhD student and member of the Postgraduate Society within the Institute of Biological Chemistry, Bioengineering and Biophysics (PoBBBs) at Heriot-Watt University, ran a workshop for the general public as part of the Heriot-Watt Family Day this April. This brought in thousands of people from Edinburgh and beyond to see what kind of research are being undertaking at Heriot-Watt.