More Scottish science

More classes have been researching Scotland’s scientific connections and discussing which are the most valuable.

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Many scientists have made discoveries or innovations which don’t seem particularly useful at first, but the feedback sessions have allowed pupils and staff to help each other by asking questions, sharing learning and discovering new information.

  • It’s been great to discover so many 1st year pupils have already achieved the John Muir Award, named in memory of the man who founded National Parks. They have loved showing off their existing knowledge of John Muir to the staff.
  • James Hutton investigators told us that he studied rain and fire and rocks. When it was explained that he founded the modern study of Geology, pupils immediately started to ask why it hadn’t been studied before. Staff explained that people had accepted the information in the Bible literally and had thought the Earth was created in 4004BC. Pupils immediately asked how old scientists think the Earth is now. (After a bit of research, I can tell you it’s between 4.6 and 4.8 billion years old).
  • Pupils were stunned to discover that without James Clerk Maxwell‘s work, there would be no telephones, television or computers, but they were even more surprised to discover that he died so young.

For details of the investigation, please click here.

For more results of the research, please click here.

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5 Responses to More Scottish science

  1. Konner says:

    I liked this topic and studied James Clerk Maxwell. It was really interesting actually

  2. Rachel says:

    this is a interesting topic , it was very facinating to see how scientist thought of stuff that we use everyday :)!

  3. Emma says:

    this topic was interesting and fun, because i got to find out more about the famous scientist who maybe lived where i live now :)!

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