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Nurturing an interest in science

Science Buddies

We have a long history of flourishing relationships with our local primary schools. Together we have won awards, supported in-class science, science festivals, STEM weeks and parent / carer learning workshops.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we offered STEM clubs online and provided STEM activity boxes to all local families.

We know it’s important for our local young people to meet people working in STEM and so in 2022 we are moving back to connecting in person.

Working together

We are always looking for ways to nurture longer term relationships between our scientists and young people, especially now in-person after the pandemic.

It was this thinking that gave birth to Science Buddies in 2022. Young scientists are paired with local primary schools to connect closely with them over the year.

The children, teachers and scientists’ work together to make a plan which could involve STEM Clubs, supporting a science week, taking over science class – being their science best friend!

Be a Science Best Friend!

What's Involved

‘Science Buddies’ is an opportunity for local young people and Edinburgh BioQuarter scientists to develop a longer term relationship aiming to develop the young people’s science capital and support the school in delivering a first rate science education.

‘Science Buddies’ work with the school they are partnered with to develop a plan of activity that suits both the school and buddy and could include over a year:

  • STEM Clubs
  • Science Class take-over
  • Science Week / Fair

Get Involved

Are you a young scientist based o Edinburgh BioQuarter? Could you spare an hour a week to be a ‘Science Buddy’ for one of our local Primary Schools? Note: time commitment will vary depending on you and the school.

There is a 4- step process for getting involved:

  1. Apply to be a Science Buddy
  2. If successful attend a 2-hour training session on Thursday
  3. After training sign up to become a STEM Ambassador for resources and  PVG check
  4. First school visit
We are currently recruiting for volunteers for the 2022/23 academic year. Details of an information session will be announced soon.


If you would like to discuss ways you may be able to support the Edinburgh BioQuarter Community Engagement Project, please contact community@edinburghbioquarter.com.