Children learning science

Many of the University departments run their own programs for schools, both at the Heriot-Watt campus and by visiting local schools. We also work with the Scottish Schools Education Resource Centre (SSERC), developing inspiring projects aligned with the Curriculum for Excellence.

Heriot-Watt's School of Engineering and Physical Sciences offer a schools lecture series on topics such as astrophysics, bio-photonics and plasma physics. More details can be found on their webpages.  Additionally, our staff visit local schools to talk about their research, and run interactive workshops on various areas of the curriculum. If you would like to arrange a school visit or workshop, contact HW Engage.

Some of the current and recent activities we are involved with in schools are detailed below.

Heriot's Healthy Home

Our Primary school competition for Year of Health 2019

Rewrite the Headlines

A Primary school competition, taking children beyond the headlines

3D Robot Mascot Competition

Win a 3D printed version of your own design!


Smartphone microscopes meets marine biology and citizen science

Brightest Watts

Interactive activities for high school pupils within Edinburgh, Fife, Lothians, Forth Valley and Borders.


Arts and science brought together in a spectacular event

Bright Lights

Royal Society of Chemistry Outreach project for the UN International Year of Light


Wellcome Trust funded Smartphone Microscope Initiative