Thursday, 23 August 2012

GeoBus starts new school year

At the end of June, GeoBus completed its tremendously successful first school term of outreach to secondary schools around Scotland. Since the launch on 18 January 2012, 5285 pupils have been involved in practical hands-on Earth science teaching activities in 41 schools across Scotland, including those in remote and disadvantaged regions. GeoBus is already booked to go to the Outer Hebrides and Skye in September 2012, and visits to Orkney and Shetland are being organised for Spring of 2013. The GeoBus project will be presented at the British Science Festival in Aberdeen and the Earth Science Teaching Association conference this September. The GeoBus is an educational outreach project, developed by the Department of Earth Sciences, which visits mostly secondary schools (year groups S1–S6). All teaching involves hands-on practical work which is mostly conducted in class sizes of 25 or less, working in small groups (of 5 or less). For more information, contact co-ordinator Kathryn Roper.