Molly Imrie

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IMG 3653Investigating Fingerprints workshop at TechFest Festival 2016.


Nursery and schoolchildren across the North East have the opportunity to get hands-on with workshops and shows at TechFest's annual Festival of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. 


Celebrating its 24th anniversary, the TechFest Festival is widely acknowledged as a key event within education, industry and the wider community. The Early Years and Primary Programme plays a significant role in the Festival, allowing children to explore and engage with a variety of STEM-based activities. 

The exciting 2017 line-up of workshops available to schools and nurseries has been chosen with the capacities, principles, experiences and outcomes of the Curriculum for Excellence in mind. The 5 -day long Programme will be held this year at the Robert Gordon University campus from the 28th August - 1st September. 

Children aged 3 to 12 are invited along with teachers, classroom assistants and parent helpers to attend a whole host of interactive and fun workshops. 

The Programme features a wide range of workshops new to 2017 such as 'Wild About Maths', presented by TechFest and sponsored by Chevron. The interactive Maths workshop involves children taking on puzzles, challenges and problem-solving activities inspired by the natural world. 

Another brand new show is 'The Science of Bubbles', where children help Scientific Sue in her Bubble laboratory answer questions such as "why are bubbles round?". Presented by Science2Life, volunteers are needed to help Sue investigate the properties of solids, liquids and gases. 

2016's Early Years and Primary Programme saw 4368 pupils from 57 schools, 5 nurseries and 3 Additional Support Needs classes get involved with the TechFest Festival. With a jam-packed programme of almost 30 workshops and shows to engage with, this year bodes to be just as successful! 

To download the Early Years and Primary Programme click here

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TechFest's Activity Weekend is one of the most popular events in the TechFest calendar! The weekend is made up of two days of workshops, shows and activities for families to get involved with.

No need to prebook, this year we are 'In for a penny, in for a pound': Adults pay £1, children pay 1p! 

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 "Great event. Very friendly and professional assistants and specialists introducing science. Fantastic opportunity for kids to experience science." 
Activity Weekend Participant 


''TechFest offers people of all ages the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with science and technology. It fires the imagination by allowing young people the chance to try things out themselves and to ask questions directly of experts, opening up the world of science and technology to all and inspire a future in an ever evolving space. It is a hugely successful event for Aberdeen and one which RockRose Energy is proud to support...''

              Andrew Austin, Executive Chairman. RockRose Energy.





primaryoutreach w robot iconDelivering Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics workshops in line with the Curriculum for Excellence.


Techfest offers a variety of outreach workshops suitable for primary schools and early years. All the workshops are led by experienced presenters with a teaching or science background and provide an excellent opportunity for pupils to engage in enjoyable and challenging activities. 


Primary Outreach Catalogue


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PrimaryOutreachLesleyBooking information:

A minimum of two workshops must be booked per visit.

Fee: £66 (+VAT) per workshop (min 2 to be booked). 

Schools in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire are eligible for mileage exemption. For schools outwith Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, mileage is charged at 45p per mile and is calculated from TechFest offices (Butchart Centre, University of Aberdeen, University Road, Aberdeen, AB24 3UT).

Maximum capacity for workshops: 33 pupils


Email the Outreach Programme team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give us a call on 01224 274194 for more information.  


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