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Fife catches the GeoBus

The University of St Andrews launched a new Earth sciences outreach project for secondary schools on 18 January 2012 at Buckhaven High School in Fife, writes Dawne Riddle.

Geoscientist 22.03 April 2012

TV presenter Professor Iain Stewart (University of Plymouth) ceremonially de-pressurised a bottle of “Scotland’s other national drink” to wish GeoBus on its way. The mobile Earth sciences resource will travel to secondary schools throughout Scotland and northern England, and has been designed to support secondary school teachers, particularly in Scotland where very few schools offer Higher Geology. The project is funded by NERC, EPSRC, Maersk Oil, Shell, Centrica, the Geological Society and the Mineralogical Society.

IS 2Picture: Pupils identifying rock types as part of an indoor geological mapping exercise. From left to right: Ruth Robinson (develop and manager of GeoBus), Buckhaven High School pupil, Iain Stewart, and Kathryn Roper (coordinator of GeoBus). Photo courtesy of East Fife Mail.

GeoBus was developed by Dr Ruth Robinson (Department of Earth Sciences, St Andrews) with the aim of supporting Earth science teaching by any science teacher. Kathryn Roper, a BSc Geosciences graduate of St Andrews, who also has a postgraduate teaching diploma and has taught for two years in secondary school, is the project coordinator. GeoBus aims to support the curriculum with hands-on teaching packages developed by staff from Earth sciences and other physical sciences researchers at St Andrews.



Robinson told Geoscientist: “All teaching materials and resources are brought to the school, including microscopes, mineral, rock and fossil collections, small flumes, compasses, hand lenses and handheld GPS units.” An innovative aspect of GeoBus is the way it involves early-career researchers, who will be helping to develop the teaching resources. “The aim is to engage and inspire young would-be scientists by introducing them to hands-on practical exercises that cover a many exercises will be based on current research outcomes” Robinson says.

Picture: Ruth Robinson, Kathryn Roper (GeoBus coordinator), a Buckhaven pupil, and Iain Stewart. Photo courtesy of East Fife Mail

“A further benefit to schools is an emphasis on potential career pathways. The project will provide a bridge between industry, HEIs, Research Councils, and schools, and it is hoped that more young people will be encouraged to think about a career in geology or Earth sciences as a result.”

Any school interested in booking GeoBus should visit the website ( The current funding for the project will support visits to schools throughout school term time until June 2014.