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A science project based on the beach will be launched by the University of St Andrews next summer. 

The scheme, called Seaside Science, is aimed at the whole family and will include beach-based science activities such as rock pooling, fossil hunting and kite flying.

The novel project is one of 45 sharing £650,000 granted by this year’s Scottish Government Science Engagement Grants scheme. The funding round was announced today (Thursday 13 August) by Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Fiona Hyslop.

The St Andrews’ project, which received £1,653, will be lead by Lorna Sibbett, Schools Liaison Officer for the University’s School of Biology.  She said, “Seaside science aims to engage families in scientific exploration whilst enjoying a day at the beach.  We aim to engage people in the pursuit of scientific understanding as an enjoyable adventure; not confined to a sterile lab and to encourage families to discuss the science around them.”

Seaside Science, which will begin in spring 2010, will bring together Scotland’s coastal heritage, science and family life.

Trainee science communicators, employed for the project, will be supported by University of St Andrews’ staff, who are already experienced in outreach activities and the public understanding of science.

“The project not only gives a fresh dimension to a day at the beach, but helps us support early careers in science communication,” Lorna commented.

The initiative is an extension of previous success by the University’s School of Biology in providing seaside learning for local primary schools.

The first Seaside Science family days will be offered during the spring school holidays 2010.

For further information contact Lorna Sibbett on 01334 463604 or email lrs2@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Ref:  Seaside science 130809
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