Aberdeen Science Centre has joined forces with Norway’s Vitenfabrikken (The Science Factory) to form the North Sea Collaboration Project.

The partnership, which is also supported by international energy company Equinor, will explore the innovative carbon emissions reduction solutions being developed by Scotland and Norway.

Aberdeen Science Centre and Vitenfabrikken will work together to develop a range of STEM activities and educational tools to increase awareness of the global climate crisis within schools and communities in both countries.

The ‘Platforms of Tomorrow Challenge’, a competition for school pupils in Aberdeen city and shire, and in Rogoland, Norway, will task select classes of P5-P7 and S1-S3 aged children with inventing methods to reuse decommissioned oil platforms for a new and sustainable purpose. They will then present their ideas to a panel of judges using Lego models.

The judges will determine the competition winner, who will receive £1,000 for a green initiative within their school or local area. The pupils behind the judge’s favourite entries will also each receive a VIP-pass to their respective local science centre.

The competition will launch later this year, but teachers who are interested in having their class take part can register their interest with Aberdeen Science Centre now. Alongside the competition, the project partners will also produce a series of educational videos, the first of which will highlight the similarities between Scotland and Norway’s energy sectors, their shared and individual climate-related challenges, and the plans that each country has in place to meet net zero targets.

A second video will showcase the journey of a Christmas tree that has been gifted by Aberdeen’s twin city in Norway, Stavanger, to the city centre’s Castlegate area, as part of a tradition that began in 1970. The video will highlight the vast science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) involvement in the tree’s journey to Scotland.

The two centres will also participate in knowledge and resourcing sharing exercises which will include the sharing of staff members for learning and shadowing programmes in each country. Envisioned as a three-year project, Aberdeen Science Centre and Vitenfabrikken have now begun an initial pilot year for the collaboration.

Extracted from Aberdeen Science Centre website - read more here

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