science club

Science Club

Newcomers are always welcome at our Science Club. It’s always great fun. Last week students undertook the collapsing can experiment. This week we have been experimenting with “Skittles Chromatography”. Speak to Ms Davey if you want to attend.

Ms Lauren Davey, Biology Department

Science Demo Day

For the British Science Association’s Science Week, our Science Club put on a range of demonstrations for Primary 7 pupils from our Associated Schools. It was a pleasure to welcome Primary 7 pupils from Kirkhill Primary, Beauly Primary, Muirtown Primary and Kinmylies Primary on Thursday afternoon.

They were treated to an exciting range of wacky demos by our Science Club. Our Science Club is run by our Science Technician Mrs Pam Hamilton with a group of Science Prefects for S1 members. Yesterday Pam was joined by Janette Taylor from Inverness High School who assisted with setting up the demos.

We were also joined by Dr Evelyn Gray STEM Ambassador and Dr Margaret Ritchie, Pedagogical Lead for Science in Highland.

The team were assisted by our S6 Science Prefects who put on a fantastic display, themselves assisted by S1 pupils who were thrilled to be able to demo some of their work to younger pupils from their former primary pupils.

Well done everyone – it was a fantastic afternoon. Videos of some of the demos and of the Mechanoid are on our Twitter Timeline.


More Science Club Success

The S6 Prefects who run our Science Club with Mrs Pam Hamilton, our Science Technician, continue to have success, following on from them winning Science Club of the Year last June.

On Friday they attended the Celebration of Engineering and Science at Eden Court where they won the prestigious Young Engineers and Science Clubs Scotland’s Go Forth! Bridge Building Competition. Well done to Mrs Hamilton and the Prefects.

Ms Ailsa Whitelaw, Physics Department

Science Demo for P7 Pupils

Last week our award winning Science Club put on a lunchtime of fun activities for visiting Primary 7 Pupils from Kinmylies Primary School. Great fun was had by the visiting pupils and their teachers from Kinmylies Primary School. Even more fun was had by our Science Prefects and some of their teachers. Well done once again to our Science Technician Mrs Pam Hamilton who runs our hugely successful and popular Science Club.


Science Club Dinner

Congratulations to our Science Club once again. In June they won the SCDI’s Young Engineers and Science Clubs Club of the Year Award in Glasgow.

On Friday past and present members of the club were accompanied by Mrs Pam Hamilton (Science technician and club coordinator) and Miss Ailsa Whitelaw (Physics department) to a dinner and award ceremony at the Drumossie Hotel where their win was officially announced. The club were presented with their Award by Deputy First Minister John Swinney, MSP.

Our Science Club is run by Mrs Hamilton, science teachers and many S6 Prefects who assist at lunchtimes and provide activities and experiments for S1 pupils.

Well done once again.

Scottish Science Club of the Year

Following their win in Glasgow in early June, we have now received the official photos of our Science Club after triumphing and becoming the Scottish Science Club of the Year. This is a remarkable achievement for a brilliant club led by our Science Technician Mrs Pam Hamilton. Each year groups of prefects and Mrs Hamilton challenge themselves to become more inventive in order to demonstrate the fun side of science and inspire more of our young people to consider choosing STEM Subjects. (Science Technologies, Engineering and Maths). Well done once again.

The Club were presented with their award by Fergus Ewing MSP and Heather Reid.


Scottish Science Club of the Year

After winning the SCDI Secondary Science Club of the Highlands and Highlands, our Science Club triumphed at the National Finals in Glasgow yesterday. They won both the Watts Watt Secondary Award and were crowned SCDI Secondary Science Club of the Year. The event, organised by Scottish Council for Development and Industry took place in Glasgow.

Our Science Club is part of our STEM (Science, Technologies, Engineering and Maths) project. Meeting weekly at lunchtimes, S6 Science Prefects inspire and motivate younger pupils to be enthusiastic about science. The club is managed and coordinated by our Science Technician Mrs Pam Hamilton who dedicates a huge amount of extra time to the club.

The club was represented at the final by Fergus McIntyre (5S2), Callum White (former 6S), Andrew Bowie (former 6L) and Rowan White (5S2). Other members of the club were having a well-deserved lie-in as they had been at their prom the evening before and have effectively now left school. But earlier many of the girls had ensured the club was successful at the local and national heats.

At the final in Glasgow the Club was presented with their awards and trophies by MSP Fergus Ewing and Heather “The Weather” Reid.

Well done everyone and congratulations to Mrs Hamilton for continued success with this brilliant club.

Fergus McIntyre (5S2)
Fergus McIntyre (5S2)
Rowan White (5S2)
Rowan White (5S2)

Science Club Success

At the recent Celebration of Science Event at Eden Court, Charleston Academy’s S6 Science Prefects excelled in several categories. Their work assisting Mrs Pam Hamilton our Science Technician is outstanding. Every Wednesday at lunchtime Mrs Hamilton and the Science Prefects run a Science Club for younger pupils to inspire, enthuse and motivate them. The Club is part of our STEM (Science, Technologies, Engineering and Maths) projects and has received several grants and awards over the years. However Mrs Hamilton was delighted to see the students recognised for their part in the club.

The students won in two categories – winners of the Watt’s Watt Challenge and the prestigious Science Club of the Year for the North of Scotland, awarded by the Scottish Council for Development and Industry. They will now be put forward for the Scottish Final to be held later this year. Read more about the work of our lunchtime Science Club.

12 Days of Science Demos

In the run up to Christmas, our Science Club members have had great fun watching and participating in some great demonstrations courtesy of our science technician Mrs Pam Hamilton and her team of Science Prefects. Watch the video for a little flavour of some of the demos.