Highland Outreach

The Aberdeen Science Centre team working in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland is focused on increasing Science Capital within communities, families, and community groups in remote and rural areas.

We aim to promote and support greater access to science, STEM activities and science experiences for families and community groups to enhance and encourage positive life opportunities and choices.

Child using digital microscope at Aberdeen science Centre

Are you based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland?

We have a range of science and STEM resources for you to engage with.

ASC2U Radio Show and Podcast

ASC2U broadcasts quarterly throughout the year on Two Lochs Radio (106 or 106.6FM). 

Previous episodes from the ASC2U series are available to  listen to on demand on our SoundCloud channel

Our next episode, ‘Highland Carbon Footprint and The Path to Cop26’ will be broadcast on Wednesday, 20th October at 9pm.  

This Autumn broadcast of ASC2U follows Highland and Islands Outreach Coordinator, Fiona, on her virtual journey to COP26. We will hear from internationally renowned Climate Action advocate Merylyn Mckenzie Hedger and Highland Councillors, Trish Robertson and Ian Cockburn. Find out more here.

Science Explorer Loan Boxes

Who? Families of all ages

What? Explore your home and surrounding area, using micro and macro measuring to delve into life right on your doorstep. Aberdeen Science Centre loan boxes are complete with chrome books containing easy to follow videos for how to operate digital microscopes. Online interactive sessions are also available if you want more help or to share ideas and discoveries.

How? We will send you everything you need to become a Science Explorer. You can borrow one of our Science Explorer boxes for 2 weeks, plenty of time to explore your home and local area.

Need help? We have created a video with some tips on using the digital microscope here! You can also join our  dedicated ‘ASC2U Highlands and Islands Facebook Group’ where you can share experiences and learn more about the science behind our everyday life.

Bookings – contact Fiona MacKenzie, to book your slot.

Science on our Coastlines

Organising a day trip to the beach with your community group? Turn your day out into a science exploration and take part in our STEM Coasts Challenge.

Get in touch with Fiona MacKenzie – – for our free pack for inspiration, full of fun activities for the whole family.


Community Workshops

As part of the Community Outreach programme, the Aberdeen Science Centre team offers the following workshops in the Highlands and Islands regions:

– The Science of Self-care
– The Science of Super Humans
– The Science of the Brain
– Space Ports

For more information on each workshop, please have a look at our Community Programme. Please note that the listed workshops are the only programmes delivered in the Highlands and Islands region.

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