Magical time for Roslin nursery

Emily McMichael, Lyal Rutherford and Luca Pisa Martenez, all aged 4, from Forrest Friends Nursery, Roslin, took part in the Magic Carpets session at the National Museum of Scotland as part of the Get Energised initiative. Photo: Chris James
Emily McMichael, Lyal Rutherford and Luca Pisa Martenez, all aged 4, from Forrest Friends Nursery, Roslin, took part in the Magic Carpets session at the National Museum of Scotland as part of the Get Energised initiative. Photo: Chris James

Pre-schoolers from Roslin have been given the chance to experience a unique learning programme at the National Museum of Scotland, thanks to the support of the ScottishPower Foundation.

The children from Forest Friends Nursery, aged between three and four years old, took part in the Magic Carpet session; a forward-thinking initiative delivered by National Museums Scotland to encourage young learners to consider the natural environment around them.

The hour-long session saw the children learn about how wind can be transformed into energy through storytelling and play. The activity was specially developed to inspire a new generation to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. Previous trips on the Magic Carpet have taken children on learning sessions exploring outer space and dinosaurs, encouraging engagement by playing to their imagination and curiosity.

The programme is also part of the ongoing efforts of the ScottishPower Foundation to encourage the next generation of future leaders, by supporting the advancement of education and science.

Ann Loughrey, trustee and executive officer, ScottishPower Foundation, said: “The Magic Carpet sessions are a truly unique way of engaging with young people. We know how important it is for children to be aware of their surroundings, and the environment in which they live, and the National Museums Scotland programme is helping to encourage this in a very fun and innovative way.”

Sarah Cowie, learning officer at National Museums Scotland, said: “Our Magic Carpet sessions are hugely popular with families, schools and nurseries. We are very grateful to the ScottishPower Foundation for making this activity possible and enabling us to bring science and technology concepts to children from a very young age.”