Science under the (electron) microscope

Children at Meldrum School in Aberdeenshire were in for a treat when SCI’s Membership Support and Customer Care officer Diane Wood joined vets, divers, geologists and forensic experts, for the school’s science week in March.

‘The whole school was enthusiastic about the event, with each age group being catered for by different scientists running different workshops,’ Diane told Members News. ‘We proved to the kids that a scientist is not just someone in a white coat, and if even one of those children went on to do some form of science, it would be a great result!’

Diane, an electron microscopist who worked for 16 years at the Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen, showed the children how to take black and white scanning electron micrographs and use the Colorvir process to convert them to colour prints.

‘It was all great fun and the kids just loved it!’ she said. She now plans to mount and frame some of the photos to have as a display for parents’ night or to sell for school funds.

The occasion got some press coverage from the Aberdeen Press and Journal.

Diane, who is secretary of Meldrum School’s Parents in Partnership, has also arranged for Sky at Night presenter, Nigel Bradbury, to visit the school.

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