It’s a bugs life at Pitmedden School

Pitmedden nursery pupil Katie-Louise, 3, marvels at some of the bugs with Laura Rennie, of Animal Magic.
Pitmedden nursery pupil Katie-Louise, 3, marvels at some of the bugs with Laura Rennie, of Animal Magic.

Pitmedden pupils came face to face with a variety of creepy insects when a science show visited the school on Friday.

The bugs included a giant African land snail, hissing cockroaches, a scorpion and giant African millipedes.

Generation Science is a touring programme of science shows and workshops delivered by the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

The workshop looked at the insects and why they belong in different groups.

Pupils had the opportunity of studying the bugs at close quarters under the watchful eye of experts.

Earlier in the day, another workshop eaxmined the subject of electricity, which is being studied by the school’s P6s.

Head teacher Janet Hill said the visit of the science show would be of great benefit to the pupils.

She added: “The electricity workshop was fascinating and the children were really taken with the insects.”

Generation Science manager Joan Davidson said: “Science is a practical subject and our team works hard to provide support to busy teachers and get pupils enthused by science.

“Our programme of interactive and hands-on activities is designed to help deliver the Curriculum for Excellence.

“We bring science to life, and by doing so hope that longer term more pupils will choose science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) in secondary education and as a future career.”

Since it started more than 20 years ago, Generation Science has reached more than a million pupils all over Scotland.

The Generation Science tour reaches more than 55,000 pre-school and primary school children and visits over 600 schools in 31 local authority areas each year.

It is the largest school science touring programme in the UK.