Outreach 2017 - 2018

Science Academies at St Sophia’s and Galston Primary Schools

Between January and March 2018 we are busy running Science Academies for both of our 2017-18 Adopted Schools; St Sophia’s and Galston Primary Schools.

Each of the schools selected 15 pupils whom they believe would benefit from the Academy which take the form of 6 sessions where the pupils are given special instruction and activities towards further developing their enthusiasm for, and understanding of, the subject.

The sessions cover aspects of forces, electricity and magnetism, earth science, chemistry and materials.

The Society has successfully offered Science Academies to all our past Adopted School going back to our first which was Muirkirk PS in 2014.

The Academies will end in March 2018 when all the pupils will be taken to Dumfries House for a very special graduation event.


Introduction to Astronomy at St Sophia’s Primary School, Galston.

St Sophia’s Primary School, Galston is one of our Adopted Schools for 2017-18 (the other one being Galston Primary School). A major activity we have planned with St Sophia’s is to create an art exhibition along the theme of Astronomy. 

Isabelle Grogg of KESS and the Ayrshire Astronomical Society recently visited the school to give all senior pupils an introduction to astronomy and telescopes. She discussed with the pupils planets, stars, comets and galaxies and demonstrated her own special telescope which tracks and records activities on our Sun.

Follow the link to see pictures of the event.


Annual physics and engineering lecture at St Joseph’s Academy

The sixth annual Physics and Engineering Lecture was held at St Joseph’s Academy on Thursday 8th June 2017. It was once again organised by physics teacher Colin Barbour through the Kilmarnock Engineering and Science Society (KESS).

The audience was Advanced Higher Physics students from St Joseph’s, Stewarton, Grange, James Hamilton and Auchinleck Academies.

The speaker this year was Professor Martin Hendry MBE, Professor of Gravitation Astrophysics and Cosmology at Glasgow University and his lecture was entitled “Listening to Einstein’s Universe: The hunt for Gravitational Waves”. Professor Hendry began by giving the students a detailed insight into Einstein’s development of Space Time and the origins of gravitational waves. He then proceeded to outline the background and activities of The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the first detection of gravitational waves on the 14th of September 2015 and the third one detected in January 2017. In his lecture, Professor Hendry emphasised the great engineering challenge associated with the LIGO Project. This presentation by Professor Hendy captivated the students and demonstrated that although it is downstream applied physics and engineering which has direct effect on national economies, it is however big upstream international science projects such as LIGO which attract young people into careers in science and engineering.