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Dunbar SciFest drives up interest in cement

A Dunbar youngster has the finer points of geology explained to him.

A Dunbar youngster has the finer points of geology explained to him.

The Lafarge Tarmac stand at Dunbar’s SciFest has encouraged youngsters to consider a career in the cement industry after seeing the activities and skills it involves.

The event, which took place at Dunbar Primary School on March 22 and 23, had nearly 9,000 visitors over the two days.

Around 200 children filled in a questionnaire on the Dunbar cement plant stand, which had an array of geological rocks and products on show as well as information about cement-making and interactive activities.

More than two-thirds of those who attended said they might consider a career in the cement industry after seeing the activities and skills it involved.

The ‘pod’, which simulates a quarry blast, proved the most popular of Lafarge Tarmac’s attractions, followed closely by making gloved handprints in quick-setting cement which the children took away with them.

Manning the stand, laboratory manager Davina Dhindsa said more than half of those questioned thought the industry was ‘interesting’ and 37% said it looked like it could be ‘fun’.

Almost 30% thought cement-making was good for Scotland and 5% even thought it could be a glamorous career!

Davina said: “What’s interesting is that people clearly learned a lot about cement-making from our exhibits – more than 40% had no knowledge when they arrived but almost all left saying they had learned something.

“This shows that people – and especially children – do get interested once they realise cement-making encompasses a whole range of skills, from geology to chemistry, engineering and environmental sciences.

““We as an industry just need to do more to communicate this and get young people excited about the career prospects in our sector.”

 

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