News & Events-Workshop to share STEM skills with families at ‘Bang Goes the Borders’


Frazer-Nash Consultant, Phil Mutton, and artist and designer Thomas Hawson will run an interactive workshop for families at the 'Bang Goes the Borders' festival in Scotland on Saturday 17 September.

Taking place in Melrose, on the Scottish Borders, the event brings science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects to life for school children and their families, through free hands-on activities that make learning fun.

Phil and Thomas's workshop will see children and adults using design and engineering skills to make a lightweight canoe/kayak - and to make sure it doesn't sink. Phil comments:

"With help from the kids and parents, we aim to make the kayak and cross the Tweed within the day, all whilst learning about buoyancy and stability."

Other family-friendly activities at the festival will include blasting a biofilm of bacteria, making a fruit fly, building and launching a rocket car, and learning about the UK's only pandas.

Sponsored by Rathbone Investment Management and Heriot Watt University, the festival is being hosted by St Mary's School in Melrose. Over 1,000 children and their parents are expected to attend the event, which will be open to the public from 10am until 4pm. Children will also get a goodie-bag containing science-themed souvenirs on a first-come, first-served basis.

The festival has recently been shortlisted for the 'Community Initiative of the Year' category in the Times Educational Supplement (TES) Independent Schools Award 2016. For more information about the event, visit the Bang Goes the Borders website or Facebook page.