21st September 2015

Techfest’s ‘Build a Boat’ Workshop a Big Hit

As part of the Techfest's Primary School Programme and Activity Weekend, the innovative workshop, ‘Build A Boat’, saw thousands of participants using a variety of materials to design, build, learn about power and size, buoyancy and the use of boats in Aberdeen Harbour. 

The workshop provided an opportunity to engage students with safety at sea and the history of the Harbour and is designed to meet the outcomes and experiences of the Curriculum for Excellence in the areas of Science, Mathematics, and Technologies. 

Molly Imrie, TechFest STEM coordinator, said: “We are extremely excited to be working with the Aberdeen Harbour Board on this stimulating new workshop which our festival attendees were first to try out. We are very grateful to the Aberdeen Harbour Board for their support and assistance in the development and delivery of Build A Boat, which we believe is going to be one of the highlights this year.”

Captain Ray Shaw, Aberdeen Harbour Master, added, “The industry is very keen to encourage a greater interest in all things marine amongst the younger generation, whether that be seafaring, the art of marine navigation or, in this case, marine architecture and engineering. We think this workshop fulfils this wish, whilst hopefully providing everyone taking part with a huge amount of fun”.

TechFest is a charity hosted by the University of Aberdeen which aims to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) activities to young people and the wider community. Each year the charity runs Aberdeen and North-east Scotland’s annual festival of STEM which attracts tens of thousands of children and adults to a series of presentations, workshops and events in and around Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.

This year the festival is set to run from Friday, September 11th until Friday, October 2nd.

For more information, please visit www.techfestsetpoint.org.uk