Ayton pupils see future 100 years from now

Tom (Andrew Jeffrey) and Alu (Amy Drummond) from Edinburgh International Science Festival visit Ayton Primary School in their time machine.
Tom (Andrew Jeffrey) and Alu (Amy Drummond) from Edinburgh International Science Festival visit Ayton Primary School in their time machine.

Pupils at Ayton Primary discovered all about recycling and the environment last week when time traveller Alu and her companion visited their classroom as part of Generation Science, a schools touring programme of science shows and workshops, delivered by the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Sponsored by EDF Energy’s Torness Power Station, the ‘Future Earth’ show focuses on sustainability and the environment. It follows the journey of Alu who lives in a world 100 years from now and who travels back in time to tell us about the importance of recycling and reusing our resources.

Louise Sanders, head teacher at Ayton Primary said: “We are delighted to have Generation Science at Ayton Primary this year.

“We hope that the Future Earth show will be an excellent way of engaging children and communicating an important message about recycling and caring for our environment to ensure the future of the planet. It also introduces the children to new concepts in a fun and enjoyable way.”

Greig Elliot of Torness Power Station added: “As Britain’s largest generator of low carbon electricity, we are always looking at new ways of encouraging our customers to save energy and resources.

“Children are never too young to learn about climate change and the importance of recycling and this show will demonstrate this in a lively and entertaining way.

“We hope that the children enjoy the show, which we hope will not only bring science to life in the classroom, but inspire a future generation of scientists for Scotland.”

Joan Davidson, Generation Science manager said: “This year, Generation Science celebrates its 21st year of, successfully touring science shows all over Scotland, engaging more than a million pupils through bringing science to life, and educating and exciting pupils by the true wonder and meaning of science.

“Our workshops and shows cover six different strands of the curriculum for excellence and are designed to make learning and teaching science not just simple and fun, but truly inspirational. “

Future Earth is one of 16 amazing shows and workshops provided by Generation Science which are designed to make science fun, exciting and easy to understand and to help teachers cover the school science curriculum.

The Generation Science tour reaches over 55,000 primary school children and over 600 schools in 31 local authority areas annually, and it is the largest school science touring programme in the UK and has activities for all ages, from infant classes right up to upper primary.