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Lend-A-Lab

This project allows a school to borrow equipment and receive lesson ideas and training on different STEM topics. This activity is suitable for CfE Levels 1 and 2 classes (P2-P7).

Lend-A-Lab is a programme that provides equipment, support and inspiration to teachers to allow them to deliver engaging and effective Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths activities in the classroom. It is completely free of charge to primary schools in the Highland Council area and supported where possible by the STEM team at the university.

What do you get?

  • To borrow quality STEM equipment and resources for a four week period.
  • 3 lesson plans to assist you to use equipment in the class.
  • Possible in school delivery (depends on lend a lab selected), online or telephone assistance as required.

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How to sign up to Lend-A-Lab content

How to sign up to Lend-A-Lab

How to sign up to Lend-A-Lab

Schools are eligible to borrow one Lend-A-Lab kit per academic year (subject to availability). We will endeavour to get back to you within two working weeks to confirm whether we have availability for your chosen kit and loan period.

If your school would like to be involved with Lend-A-Lab, first select two potential loan periods that would be suitable for your school and then email STEM@uhi.ac.uk with the following details. 

  • School name
  • Which Lend a Lab you are interested in
  • 2 x suitable loan periods
  • School staff contact name and email address
  • Delivery is either by courier or UHI staff member

We will endeavour to get back to you with one week to discuss a suitable date and delivery arrangements. Please be aware that we have very limited resources and hence will not be able to fill all requests.

What topics are available? content

What topics are available?

What topics are available?

Early Coding

Get children excited about coding! Using simple coding toys; this session provides a very basic introduction to computers and how we can give them instructions for early level children. Children will enjoy getting hands-on and solving simple problems with our robots. 

  • Suitable for : Nursery, P1
  • What is in this kit box: Code-a-pillar, Botley, BBc micro:bit example cards and one micro:bit.
  • Curriculum for Excellence links : TCH 0-13a, TCH 0-14a, TCH 0-14b 
  • Ideally two teacher demonstration sets per kit.

Science Investigators

This equipment and activity set allows first level pupils to build practical science skills. Activities include conducting a simple experiment, analysing alkalis and acids and making predictions.

  • Suitable for : P2-P4
  • What is in this kit box : Lab coats and goggles; Pipettes, test tubes, petri dishes and test tube racks; Materials to test
  • Curriculum for Excellence links : First level sciences: enquiry and investigative skills. SCN 1-15a, SCN 1-16a 
  • Full class set available

Microscopy

Pupils will discover how a microscope works and then work with a selection of different microscopes to explore what a range of samples looks like. We will compare samples of living and non-living things, thinking about what the differences are and then record our findings just like real scientists! 

  • Suitable for : P2-P4                         
  • What is in this kit box (examples) : Petri-dishes; Pipettes; Rock/mineral samples; Seeds and bark; Magnifying glasses; USB microscope with computer; Matching game
  • Curriculum for Excellence links : SCN 1-01, SCN 1-12b  
  • Full class set available

Sensational Senses

In this session pupils will learn about their amazing senses and use them to explore the world around them. Focussing on seeing and hearing pupils will all take part in six hands-on investigations, discovering what our senses can tell us and how they can be tricked!

  • Suitable for: P1-P4
  • What is in this kit box:  Ear/ Eye demonstration kit,  magnifying and distortion glasses, tuning fork, listening cups, slinky (demo), pong ball (demo).
  • Curriculum for Excellence links: Sciences SCN 1-11a, SCN 1-12b
  • Full class set available

Second level Senses

In this session pupils will learn about their amazing senses and use them to explore the world around them. Focussing on sight, sound touch and taste the pupils conduct a set of simple experiment and learn some simple science busking tricks to demonstrate to younger pupils.  Discovering what our senses can tell us and how they can be tricked!

  • Suitable for: P5-P7
  • What is in this kit box:  Ear/ Eye demonstration kit, magnifying and distortion glasses, tuning fork and ping pong ball, card, blue food dye, cotton swabs, optical illusion sheets, selection of scent/ taste consumables and touch items.
  • Curriculum for Excellence links: Sciences SCN 2-11a, SCN 2-12b
  • Full class set available

STEM Careers

Explore the world of STEM careers. Pupils will take part in fun, interactive games finding out about the different skills you need for a range of STEM jobs. 

  • Suitable for : P5-P7  
  • What is in this kit box : White board sheets; Sticky notes; STEM Challenge Cards and associated equipment for challenge; Roll of wallpaper; Prospectus as carers reference material. Gender and career cards.
  • Curriculum for Excellence links : Sciences SCN 2-20a                                        
  • Full class set available

Engineering

The engineering kit provides equipment and activity ideas to help pupils to develop their engineering knowledge and teamworking skills by constructing projects using super-sized building materials. Activities include building a car, exploring angles and building a catapult.

  • Suitable for : P4-P7
  • What is in this kit box : Hard wearing building kit including nuts, bolts, joints, planks
  • Curriculum for excellence links : Technology  TCH 2-11a  and TCH 2-12a
  • Full class sets available

Space

This kit gives examples, ideas and equipment, to teach the space topic across the school emphasising cross-curricular activities. Activities include relative space (using maths to calculate relative sizes and distances between planets), investigating meteorites and craters, exploring galaxies using citizen science and exploring forces by building rockets.

  • Suitable for : P4-P7
  • What is in this kit box: Bottle Rocket Launcher, meteorite and rock samples, playdough and other equipment and relative space.
  • Curriculum for Excellence links: Sciences 2-06a
  • Full class sets available

Electricity

The electricity kit is designed to help teachers and classes explore a range of electricity activities. Activities include, making a battery, designing and building different electrical circuits and investigating insulators and conductors.

  • Suitable for : P5-P7
  • What is in this kit box :  Snap Circuits, Makey Makey inventors kit, Battery making kit.
  • Curriculum for Excellence links: Sciences SCN 2-09a, SCN 2-10a
  • Full class set available: kit shared between 3 students.

DNA Discovery!

Learn about what DNA is and why scientists are so interested in it! Pupils will get hands-on conducting an experiment extracting some real DNA from fruit and then take part in some interactive activities learning about hereditary traits and why we are all different.

  • Suitable for : P5-P7
  • What is in this kit box: DNA Bingo kit, DNA extraction kit (please note this includes Surgical spirit that must be stored correctly and handle by adult only), Inheritance games.
  • Curriculum for Excellence links: Sciences SCN 2-14b
  • Full class sets available

Digital Lend-a-Labs

These assume students have access to a Chromebook and the internet.

Introduction to coding and Hour of Code

Pupils will be introduced to the basic concepts of computer programming. Taking part in hands-on, floor based activities, pupils will learn about the importance of logic and quality of information in programming. Encouraging pupils to understand what code is and start coding for themselves this introduce some online games that they can continue to practise at school or at home. 

  • Suitable for : P5-P7
  • What is in this kit box: Floor mats; Electricity game to explain parallel and series circuits; Binary code games, Cipher code kit, Pixel art, Hour of code lesson plans with  Light bot solutions.
  • Curriculum for Excellence links : Technologies TCH 2-09a
  • Full class set available  (assumes floor mats will be shared use)

BBC Micro:bit 1

Examine the wonderful world of the BBC micro:bit and the micro:bit foundation web site. Students will learn all about algorithms and different computer languages, create a simple game using the micro:bit and use the micro:bit to play music. 

  • Suitable for : P5-P7
  • What is in this kit box : Micro:bits in protective plastic covers; External speakers; Crocodile clips
  • Curriculum for Excellence links : Technologies TCH 2-09a
  • Full class set available

Data Handling (BBC Micro:bit online lessons)

Pupils explore data and the sensors on the BBC micro:bit through a variety of unplugged and programming activities   Pupils explore using data collected by the sensors on the micro:bit as a condition in programs.

  • Suitable for : P5-P7
  • What is in this kit box : Micro:bits in protective plastic covers; Crocodile clips
  • Curriculum for Excellence links: Technologies TCH 2-09a
  • Full class set available

Sphero

The Sphero kit is an excellent way to introduce pupils of all ages to computer science and technology. Activities include; an introduction to coding with Sphero, advanced coding including using loops and variables.

  • What is in this kit box : Sphero with charging base; Kindle
  • Additional Spheros are available for schools who wish to use Chromebooks as the controller. This requires you to download the free Sphero app. Please contact STEM@uhi.ac.uk if you wish to discuss this.
  • Curriculum for Excellence links : Technology TC2-13a, TC2–14a and  TC2-15a
  • Full class set available. Max 11 Sphero per set

Composite  / ASN

We have additional kit in limited numbers that might be of suitable use where only two or three items are needed for individual student use. Please contact the STEM Team at STEM@uhi.ac.uk to discuss this further.

What teachers are saying about Lend-A-Lab content

What teachers are saying about Lend-A-Lab

What teachers are saying about Lend-A-Lab

'It was excellent that the CPD training could be timed directly after class delivery as it inspired the teachers to find out more, having seen their pupils so fully engaged during their lesson. Mairi was able to give all the staff confidence to further develop skills with their own classes and build on previous learning.'

Farr (Suth) Primary School

‘Plans were amazingly clear and well organised so that I was able to go straight into the class and deliver a session as laid out in the lesson plans without having to spend hours familiarising myself with equipment.’

Carrbridge Primary School

'I thought this was a great resource and used it with children from P1-7. They all got so much out of it. I picked ideas out of the lesson plans but structured them my own way to suit the age/stage of the children. Mairi explained it very clearly to the children and adults and gave me good ideas for how I could use it in forth coming maths lessons on angles. I would love to have it in school again!'

North West Sutherland Schools