Hello and welcome to our Back to School Newsletter!

We hope you have had an enjoyable summer holiday – and even if you didn’t get to go abroad at least the weather has been good at home.

We have put together a summary of our programmes for the next academic term which we hope you will want to get involved with. However, we don’t want to overload you with too much information so we have kept it brief. If you would like to know more about any of the below (or any of our other projects), please do not hesitate to get in touch!

TechFest has been busy over the summer with our Sociable Science series both in conjunction with Aberdeen City Council’s Summer of Play scheme and at various venues across Aberdeenshire. These were our first in person events for over a year and we had a lot of fun out and about meeting families and enjoying STEM activities with them. The aim of Sociable Science is to engage all ages in science activities that are done in conversation utilising teamwork, creativity and most of all fun while learning. Each activity would be designed to be repeated at home with our audiences being encouraged to share what they have learnt with others.


Upcoming for the Autumn term are the following events:

Orkney Science Festival

Orkney Science Festival is holding an online festival from 2 – 8 September 2021. Please click on the link here if you would like more details.

CREST Discovery Day: Machines of the Future

The Discovery Day project is aimed at pupils from P6 up to S2.

Click below to watch a video of Professor Brian Cox explaining why this is a great opportunity for schools to get involved with and to get a real feel for the project:


This is a great project to introduce pupils at an early age to machine learning which is used in everyday life. The 5 hour project is made up of 3 workshops and includes a challenge where students get the opportunity to work in a group together to design a household product which uses machine learning. If this is something you would be interested in running at your school, please get in touch and allow us to guide you throughout the Discovery Day. Prior to the project the team here at TechFest will run an online event for the teachers to give support and run through the programme together.

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Explorathon 21 – TechFest Schools Event from the Rowett Institute

Join the Rowett Institute on the 13-23rd September 2021 for a virtual workshop celebrating the discovery of Insulin. Live workshop with activities to embrace a journey of discovery about the Nobel Prize for the discovery of insulin awarded to Scottish Scientist John Macleod, to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of this important medical treatment.

We will be working with the Rowett to have a series of live talks aimed at students from P6 – S2

These talks will take place on the following dates and will last an hour:

Monday 13 – 9.30am

Tuesday 14 – 11 am

Thursday 16 – 2pm

Friday 17 - 9.30am

Monday 20 - 11am

Tuesday 21 – 2pm

Wednesday 22 - 9.30am

Thursday 23 – 11 am

Explorathon is funded by the European Commission under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions programme - grant agreement No 101036101

For more information please contact or to book a workshop please click below. Please book before 10th September to guarantee your space.

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Space into Energy

A collaboration between Aberdeen Science Centre and TechFest, supported by the Institute of Physics (IOP), the ‘Space into Energy’ programme gives young people a glimpse into the inner workings of these exciting fields and how the skill sets required for each sector often overlap.

Featuring experts from each industry, participants will learn about innovation, teamwork and leadership through hands-on activities and interactive sessions, empowering them to discover their unique talents and how they can be the problem-solvers of the future.

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The CREST Awards scheme is the British Science Association’s flagship programme for young people, providing science enrichment activities to inspire and engage 5-to-19-year olds. It is the only nationally recognised accreditation scheme for project work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects

For further information and a guide for UK primary school teachers on using CREST Awards as part of the curriculum:

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STEM in the Installation 2021 Phase 4

STEM in the Installation Phase 4 is a team challenge (max. of 6 students per team) for S6 pupils. This is now translated into a fully digital project and focuses on how the Energy Industry is transitioning to reduce carbon emissions as much as possible, as part of the global movement towards net zero.

Inspired by CNOOC Internationals Buzzard Platform, students are challenged to develop a proposal to install and connect an offshore wind farm to the facility, which will generate power for the installation and reduce the amount of gas import required to provide electricity.

Throughout the course of the project students will have the opportunity to seek help and guidance (through digital meetups) from an enthusiastic team of CNOOC International volunteers who are on hand to help the students with the technical aspects of the challenge, project management, report writing and presenting.

Key Dates

Schools sign up/registration by 24.08.21

Project Launch Day Weds 25.08.21

Report Submission Day Friday 19.11.21

Video Presentation Submitted Monday 29.11.21

Presentation Day Friday 03.12.21

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STEM in the Pipeline- Energising the Transition 2021

STEM in the Pipeline is one of TechFest’s key events across our annual programme. This event is aimed at secondary school pupils aged 17-18 and was devised to give them an insight into the Energy Industry. The project runs from September to December and was designed to enable teams of pupils (max. of 6 pupils per team) to apply their knowledge of school subjects to a realistic industry project, as well as providing an overview of the wide variety of job roles available in the Energy Industry. The project set is a challenging one – to produce a Field Development Plan.

Every year the STEM in the Pipeline project receives exceptionally positive feedback from students, teachers and the industry professionals. It is a brilliant opportunity for students to apply the knowledge they have learned in school to a real-life situation. Each part of the process allows the students to advance their knowledge of STEM subjects but also encourages them to develop their transferable skills, both as an individual and as part of a team. STEM in the Pipeline requires an interdisciplinary approach and as such is relevant across a diverse range of skill sets. By engaging in career exploration, students will become more aware of the different job roles involved in the Energy Industry, which will hopefully help them make informed choices about their education and lives after school.

Proposed Timeline for 2021

Dates are currently subject to change:

Schools sign up/registration by 24.08.21

Project Launch (Virtual Introduction Day) – Mid/Late September 2021

Independent Research + Mentor Support

Report Deadline – Mid/Late November 2021

Period of Assessment

Presentation Day/Prize Giving – Wednesday 8 December 2021

Maths in the Pipeline 2021

TechFest's Maths in the Pipeline is designed to give S2-S4 pupils an insight into how Mathematics applies to real-life situations within the Energy Industry.

These one-day events have been running since 2005 and encourage students to use the math skills they have learned in the classroom to solve real world challenges from within the Energy Industry. In addition, students have the opportunity to engage with industry professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds and delve into the exciting future of energy.

Schools across Scotland will be invited to take part in TechFest's Maths in the Pipeline which will run next term. This is a brilliant opportunity for enthusiastic mathematicians to flex their skills and learn about the functions of math out with the classroom.

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As you can see, we have a full programme of events coming up for the next school year, full details of which will be on our website and mailed out to you as they come around. If you haven’t already done so, you can join our mailing list and hear about our events for the general public too.

Take care and stay in touch,

Team TechFest

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