School pupils get hands on experience of innovation and enterprise in science at BioCity Scotland
156 S3+ pupils from 11 different schools in central Scotland took part in a unique innovation and enterprise day at BioCity Scotland on Friday last week, organised by the University of Edinburgh and funded by Skills Development Scotland. Through workshops presented by BioCity life science tenants, and from businesses from Roslin BioCentre, – pupils saw first-hand with hands-on activities how these companies have taken a ‘good idea’, supported that idea with scientific research and developed it into a business.
“With Scotland being such a leader in innovation and enterprise in life sciences we want to keep encouraging our next generation into a career in life sciences,” says Dr Margaret Ritchie, the organiser from the University of Edinburgh. Ronnie Palin, key sector manager for life sciences at Skills Development Scotland added: “This ground breaking event offered young people the opportunity to gain real hands on experience of the opportunities within Scotland’s expanding life sciences industry.”
The Royal Society of Chemistry and the Society of Biology were also present. And students from the University as well as from Modern Apprenticeship schemes at Forth Valley College. Two Nuffield research scholars discussed their placements in Chemical Engineering and Medical Sciences.
The schools which took part were Broughton High School, Edinburgh, Bathgate Academy, James Young High School, West Lothian, St Lukes Barrhead, Calderhead High School Shotts, Deans Community High School, Livingston, Whitburn Academy, Vale of Leven Academy, Dunbartonshire, Newbattle Community High School, Dalkeith, Coatbridge High School, and Caldervale High School, North Lanarkshire.
The businesses which took part were Insignia Technologies, Biogelx , Roslin Cells –Roslin Cellab, Edinburgh University – The Solar Spark – Edinburgh University – Spectroscopy – Forth Valley College – and Murgitroyd patent advisors.