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From stem cells to stir fries

If you want to know how to make flour, bake bread, grow strawberries, discuss stem cell research, rustle up a stir fry, describe the taste of various fowl and explain the workings of the bow... ask one of the thousands of pupils who visited the education centre at this year's Royal Highland Show.

These are just some of the activities that an estimated 4,700 primary, secondary and special needs pupils took part in at the centre, which is run by the Royal Highland Education Trust.

The site was divided into more than a dozen stations offering activities on the theme "Healthy Inputs, Healthy Outputs" and tied into the curriculum.

This year, children ground up 850 bags of flour; made almost 1,000 mini loaves of bread and "gamely" tried pheasant, grouse and partridge in a taste-test activity aimed at proving that chicken is not the only bird worth eating.

Surprisingly popular with adults and children were the workshops on stem cell research, where audiences were shown what a healthy cell looked like, learned about the issues involved and got to make a model of a cell for themselves.

Outside the centre, physical activities included pop dancing, street funk, volleyball and wall climbing.

* www.rhet.org.uk

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