Celebrating four years of Lab in a Lorry in Scotland

1 March 2011

Members of the Scottish Parliament and the Institute of Physics in Scotland are gathering today at Holy Rood High School in Edinburgh to celebrate Lab in a Lorry’s success over the last four years.

Lab in a Lorry, the mobile science lab for young people, has visited more than 200 Scottish schools since its inception in 2007, giving more than 30,000 school students hands-on opportunities to explore science through specially created interactive experiments.

Alison McLure, National Officer for IOP in Scotland, said, “Lab in a Lorry has been a phenomenal success in Scotland. It generates excitement and curiosity by letting young people explore experimental science for themselves in some of the most remote parts of the country.

“Its success is in no small part due to the 595 volunteers who offer their time to man the lorry and provide expert mentoring to young visitors.

“We hope we can continue visiting schools, youth organisations, major events and communities across the country free of charge to ensure all Scottish youth are given an exciting taste of physics.”

Professor Anne Glover, Scotland’s Chief Scientific Adviser, said, “Lab in a Lorry is a tremendous resource for Scottish schools, and really helps to bring physics to life for young people. Schools across the country, and particularly in remote and rural areas, value the work done by the IOP and its volunteers to strengthen science learning.”

At today’s event, IOP in Scotland’s former chair Heather Reid (‘Heather the Weather’) and Kenny MacAskill MSP, a long-time supporter of Lab in a Lorry, will be explaining why they feel Lab in a Lorry is so important to Scotland.

Kenny MacAskill MSP said, “Lab in a Lorry provides an excellent service to school pupils throughout the country. Encouraging young people to take an active interest in science is essential and I am always glad to support the work of Lab in a Lorry in my constituency.”

Schools, youth organisations and communities can invite Lab in a Lorry to visit them through the website www.labinalorry.org.uk which also contains information on how to become a volunteer.

Lab in a Lorry is actively recruiting additional partners to ensure the programme expands and continues to be a free experience for all. For more information on partnerships, please visit the Lab in a Lorry website.