Sustainable Science

Sustainable Science - part of the Year of Natural Scotland 2013 celebrations

Saturday 30th November & Sunday 1st December

Explore the science behind natural Scotland during our Sustainable Science weekend. As part of the Year of Natural Scotland celebrations, you can take part in some great workshops and shows, meet fascinating experts and explore two new exhibitions looking at biodiversity and climate change! All Sustainable Science activities are FREE with Science Mall entry.

Workshops and Shows

Seed Survival- Mary, Mary quite contrary how does your garden grow? Explore what is inside a seed and understand how seeds manage to grow, scatter and survive.

Water, water everywhere (Sunday only)- Take the journey of water from rain drops to taps! This 40 minute free science show has spectacular demonstrations including an indoor cloud and we make our own geyser! (Sunday only)

Exhibitions

Class Zero Emissions Polar Exhibition- Become a Polar Explorer as you discover the wonderments of the vast Polar Regions through film and 3D models. Plus we will be doing some fun science climate change activities that will show the importance of a sustainable future!

Ash dieback exhibition- The recent arrival of the ash dieback disease is a major threat to the 10 million ash trees in Scotland. This temporary exhibition from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh explores the impact of ash dieback on our economy, biodiversity and our landscape, and highlights how we can learn from this.

Meet the Experts

Saturday 30th November

Peachykeen- Generate electricity through the power of your cycling! Will you have the energy to power a water pump and light tower?

World of Wings- Get up close and personal with some birds of prey and an expert falconer will be on hand to answer all your questions about these amazing creatures.

Whitelee Rangers- Get hands on with nature with the rangers from Whitelee Windfarm. Feel the weight of a buzzard wing, run your fingers over a deer’s antler and examine the microscopic features of an insect. Plus, make your mark on Whitelee’s collage using art materials and recycled items.

Jamie Gallagher: Indestructible Energy - Petrol, ping pong balls, calories and cookies, what do they all have in common? Energy! FameLabber Jamie Gallagher burns food, bounces balls and generates electricity as he shows us what energy is and why we can't create or destroy it. Explore how your body is like a combustion engine and why cars burn petrol instead of eating cookies!

Jo Foo, GSCer and awardee of Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship - Scotland used to be the home of many large animals that we don’t see today.  Come along and learn about amazing species like the brown bear, moose and of course, the “big bad wolf” and find out why some scientists think they should be back in our countryside.

Glasgow Caledonian University- Experts from the University will be looking at pollution of land, water and air- what causes it, how it affects the environment and how we can prevent it. Plus, take part in activities and find out how you can contribute to a more sustainable society.

Sunday  1st December

Peachykeen- Generate electricity through the power of your cycling! Will you have the energy to power a water pump and light tower?

World of Wings- Get up close and personal with some birds of prey and an expert falconer will be on hand to answer all your questions about these amazing creatures.

Jamie Gallagher: Indestructible Energy - Petrol, ping pong balls, calories and cookies – what do they all have in common? Energy! FameLabber Jamie Gallagher burns food, bounces balls and generates electricity as he shows us what energy is and why we can't create or destroy it. Explore how your body is like a combustion engine and why cars burn petrol instead of eating cookies!

Glasgow Caledonian University- Experts from the University will be looking at pollution of land, water and air- what causes it, how it affects the environment and how we can prevent it. Plus, take part in activities and find out how you can contribute to a more sustainable society.

Our Sustainable Science Weekend is made possible through support from Visit Scotland. We are working alingside the other three Scottish Science Centres to offer special activities and events to celebrate Year of Natural Scotland. Please check out the website www.visitscotland.com/celebratingscience 

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