Crookfur hosts the scientists of tomorrow

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CROOKFUR primary welcomed pupils from across East Renfrewshire recently for a cluster science fair.

Pupils from Neilston and Uplawmoor primaries, Isobel Mair school and Eastwood high joined Crookfur youngsters for practical workshops on plants, life cycles and biodiversity.

Depute head teacher Gillian Graham told The Extra: “Miss Welsh, primary one teacher at Crookfur, really enjoyed watching her younger pupils being taught by the older pupils, and thought there was no better way for them to learn.”

Pictured are Jason Robb, from Uplawmoor, Rachel McConnell and Jack Grant, from Neilston, Ayesha Khan, Khadijha Shakeel and Holly Thomson, from Crookfur, and Callum Meneely, Anoosha Khan and Holly Houston, from Eastwood high.

Science in schools is under the microscope this year, thanks to the Science Champions Initiative.

The Scottish government and National Science Learning Centre project involves primary teachers taking on the role and organising class workshops.

East Ren is the only authority in Scotland to have at least one in each school, and education convener Elaine Green brands it a “fantastic success”, adding: “I am confident our teachers will build on this and help create some of the country’s scientists for the future.”