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Lighting Up Midlothian, Ayrshire and Aberdeen

2019 will see three soldering workshops offering primary teachers free Lighting Up starter kits and soldering tuition, in Midlothian, Ayrshire and Aberdeen City/shire. The workshops will run in combination with Rampaging Chariots, with free robot kits and tuition available for high school teachers.

Teachers who have been to previous workshops and their colleagues are also welcome for refresher tuition.

The dates are:

  • Dalkeith High School - Friday 8th March, afternoon session
  • Dumfries House, near Cumnock - Wednesday 1st May
  • Aberdeen - venue / date TBC

If you are interested please contact Benjie Marwick Johnstone to reserve a space.

Lighting Up Penicuik and Loanhead

Over 80 children in Penicuik and Loanhead had a marvellous time making light-up 'drones' as well as Christmas cards used to raise money for a school in Uganda.

Eastgate Annual Science Event

Over 260 primary children and helpers joined soldering experts and engineers for the 'Essential Engineering' Lighting Up workshops during the annual Science Event at the the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles.

Newly introduced 'Terrific Technology' completed the STEM menu alongside Mystery Maths and Splendid Science (Fun Physics and Brilliant Biochemistry).

Dr. Ayako Tani, artist and glass blower, currently resident professor at the Sunderland Museum of glass, joined the new children's 'Terrific Technology' workshops with her amazing ships in bottles. Terrific Technology was also ably supported by Leonardo, Edinburgh Laser Optics and STEM Ambassadors.

Dr. Tani also shared the evening with Professor Lesley Yellowlees who gave this year's brilliant Family Lecture on Alternative Energy.

Peebles Soldering Workshop

16 P7 pupils from Peebles primary schools joined our soldering workshop at Peebles High School in advance of the annual Eastgate workshop. All 16 succeeded in making a rainbow....... and being de-"lighted".

The Travels of K9

Thanks to continued funding and support from the IOP, IET, SCDI and STEM Ambassadors and ably assisted by K9 more and more children of all ages have enjoyed lightingup events during 2018

Scottish Robotic Games

Once again children of all ages enjoyed a Lighting Up workshop at the Rampaging Chariots Scottish Robotic Games hosted by Leonardo.

Free Top-Up Kits

25th April 2018

Thanks to generous funding from the Institute of Physics we once again have some free top-up packs available for schools who have previously taken part in the Lighting Up project.

Contact Benjie Marwick Johnstone to apply. Hurry while stocks last!

Peebles Science Event

12th October 2017

200 pupils from P1 to P7 enjoyed Lighting Up workshops during this year's Science Events at Peebles Eastgate theatre alongside equally tempting Cool Chemistry, Brilliant Biology, Mystery Maths, Fun Physics and Glasgow Science Centre's Body Works.

Very special thanks to Prof. Martin Hendry who gave the supporting family lecture on gravitational waves despite receiving the news of the Nobel Prize being awarded that day for their detection. Thanks too to all the presenters, helpers, theatre staff and of course the children and their teachers who make all the effort involved so worthwhile.

James Clerk Maxwell Day

October 2017

Following a several weeks of investigating local hero James Clerk Maxwell children of the Sacred Heart Primary Penicuik were invited to Penicuik Estate where they walked in the footsteps of JCM and then gave a presentation of the 'Electromagnetic Spectrum' in the new visitor centre. Sir Robert Clerk then invited them to join him and Lady Clerk to hear some very special stories of JCM. The visit ended with a picnic.

Peebles High School

20th September 2017

Lighting Up skills were polished up at Peebles High School ahead of the annual primary school hands on workshops at Peebles Eastgate Theatre.

International Women in Engineering Day

2nd July 2017

Seventy girls from local primary schools designed awesome light-up drones on International Women in Engineering Day at Leonardo. Instigator Dr. Carole Marsh was amazed by planet protectors, animal rescuers, cosmetic distribution devices and bringers of joy.

Scottish Robotic Games

13th June 2017

Budding engineers of all ages and from all corners of the Galaxy enjoyed our Lighting Up workshop at the Rampaging Chariot Games day hosted by Leonardo.

Lighting Up Ayrshire

22nd February 2017

Twelve primary schools from Ayrshire learned to solder at our teacher CPD at Dumfries house and took away starter kits containing a soldering iron and 60 of our flashing light circuits. Three high schools joined the session and took away Rampaging Chariot kits.

Comments from the day:

"This was a great session! It has given me so much confidence to use the kit."

"Excellent CPD. Presenters were enthusiastic and engaging."

"Amazing - keep doing exactly what you are doing!"

Lighting Up - Teacher CPD Workshops

20th October 2016

Next Tuesday, seven primary schools from Hillpark, Glasgow will receive Lighting Up Starter Kits and expert soldering tuition at the first Electronics CPD workshop of 2016-2017. Further workshops are being arranged around Scotland throughout the coming year.

Midlothian Science Festival - Park in the Dark

18th October 2016

Dalkeith Primary pupils transformed Lighting Up circuits built by their HS pupils into amazing magical lanterns for an evening Parade at the second annual Park in the Dark event.

Over 100 visitors joined in to follow 'Miss Teen Midlothian' and her lantern around the Park to the music of the Ceilidh band. Four lucky winners received prizes for most innovative and decorative lanterns.

Peebles Science Event

7th October 2016

700 primary children enjoyed Fun Physics, Brilliant Bioscence, Cool Chemistry and Mystery Maths along with Lighting Up workshops at the recent annual science event at Peebles Eastgate Theatre.

Not to be outdone Peebles High School senior physics pupils built 60 Cloud Chambers and lit them up in one day.

A magical evening of Fantastic Light including unbelievable Holoxia Holograms stunned the audience at the Family lecture.

Thank you to all the theatre staff, presenters, volunteers and children who made it all possible.

Free Top-Up Kits

5th October 2016

Thanks to generous funding from the Institute of Physics we can offer free top-up packs to schools who have previously taken part in the Lighting Up project.

Contact Benjie Marwick Johnstone to apply. Hurry while stocks last!

Dornoch Bridge

Dornoch Primary School built a fantastic light-up model of their local bridge. They used our Magic Candles for cat's eyes and Five Flashing Lights on the side to guide boats.




Hospital Education Service, Glasgow

Tom Gallacher has found our kits very popular with the children at Yorkhill Hospital. Here is a photo of Phoebe who had never soldered before but took to it like a natural!



Mauricewood World Buildings

Mauricewood Primary School lit up all the major landmarks of the world using all three types of circuit kit.




Sacred Heart Christmas Cards

Sacred Heart Primary in Penicuik made this fantastic selection of light-up Christmas Cards using our 5 Flashing Lights circuits.



Birthday Cake

Mark and Alex made this fantastic light-up birthday cake.



Peebles Masks

Peebles High School lit up these wonderful masks.



Newlands Dalek

Newlands Primary in the Scottish Borders build a light-up Dalek and used a Rampaging Chariot to make it move!


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Lighting Up Midlothian, Ayrshire and Aberdeen

2019 will see three soldering workshops offering primary teachers free Lighting Up starter kits and soldering tuition, in Midlothian, Ayrshire and Aberdeen City/shire. The workshops will run in combination with Rampaging Chariots, with free robot kits and tuition available for high school teachers.

Teachers who have been to previous workshops and their colleagues are also welcome for refresher tuition.

The dates are:

  • Dalkeith High School - Friday 8th March, afternoon session
  • Dumfries House, near Cumnock - Wednesday 1st May
  • Aberdeen - venue / date TBC

If you are interested please contact Benjie Marwick Johnstone to reserve a space.

Lighting Up Penicuik and Loanhead

Over 80 children in Penicuik and Loanhead had a marvellous time making light-up 'drones' as well as Christmas cards used to raise money for a school in Uganda.

Eastgate Annual Science Event

Over 260 primary children and helpers joined soldering experts and engineers for the 'Essential Engineering' Lighting Up workshops during the annual Science Event at the the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles.

Newly introduced 'Terrific Technology' completed the STEM menu alongside Mystery Maths and Splendid Science (Fun Physics and Brilliant Biochemistry).

Dr. Ayako Tani, artist and glass blower, currently resident professor at the Sunderland Museum of glass, joined the new children's 'Terrific Technology' workshops with her amazing ships in bottles. Terrific Technology was also ably supported by Leonardo, Edinburgh Laser Optics and STEM Ambassadors.

Dr. Tani also shared the evening with Professor Lesley Yellowlees who gave this year's brilliant Family Lecture on Alternative Energy.

Peebles Soldering Workshop

16 P7 pupils from Peebles primary schools joined our soldering workshop at Peebles High School in advance of the annual Eastgate workshop. All 16 succeeded in making a rainbow....... and being de-"lighted".

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