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Night Under the Stars for 400 Juniors

Monday 5th November 2018

Boys’ Brigade (BB) members from across Scotland have experienced a night to remember at one of Scotland’s top visitor attractions.  400 eight to ten year olds from BB Junior Sections spent an evening and overnight at Glasgow Science Centre for the organisation’s ‘Juniors Giant Sleepover’ on Friday (02 November).

During the evening, the BB members experienced the state-of-the-art planetarium, live Science Show and hundreds of interactive scientific exhibits.   The theme for the live Science Show was ‘Fantastic Forces’.

Hamish, member of the Junior section at 5th Glasgow, was one of the 400 members attending.

He said:

“It’s been an amazing experience – especially the Planetarium and the doing all the fun experiments.”

This is the sixth time that the BB has run its Science Centre event and in that time almost 2400 children and 600 adult leaders leaders have attended.  This year’s event coincided with The Boys’ Brigade’s new STEM ambassador scheme to support learning in science, technology, engineering and maths.

John Sharp is Director for The Boys’ Brigade in Scotland.  He explained why BB is placing so much importance on STEM and events like the Science Centre sleepover.

John said:

“The Juniors Giant Sleepover is a very special and exciting event – and this year’s was no different.  It offers children from different parts of Scotland a chance to enjoy a national BB event which combines learning, fun and a residential experience.  I would like to extend my thanks to all the volunteer leaders and others who made this year’s event such a success.

“We know that the majority of a child’s learning takes place out with the classroom.  By launching the STEM ambassador programme, we want to support our leaders to offer new and exciting ways for children and young people to get into STEM activities.”

After the live shows on the Friday evening, the BB members enjoyed hot chocolate and story time from Alpha Scotland’s Dez Johnston.  Photos from the event are available to view here.

To find out more about The Boys’ Brigade and the nearest opportunities to get involved as member or volunteer, please visit https://boys-brigade.org.uk/scotland/

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