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GSC At Home

Glasgow Science Centre is bringing a bit of science into your home every day at 10am to help keep everyone inspired in these challenging times.

Join us for #GSCAtHome on our YouTube channel, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at 10am each day.

Ask us questions and let us know what you'd like to see, using the hashtag #GSCAtHome. 

We hear you about making more videos of experiments to try at home together - we're working to try do this as quickly as we can - watch this space!!!

We love seeing your responses to #GSCAtHome - photos, videos and comments - so please share if you can.

This page contains some details of what is 'coming soon', links to 'enjoy again', and some FAQs.


#GSCAtHome Schedule Planner

What is coming up on #GSCAtHome and what have we already shared? We are working to build a programme of activity, so the information provided below will be updated regularly.

Please do not try to recreate demonstrations at home, unless otherwise specified.

Coming Soon...

Meteorites

Friday 3 April. We head to The Planetarium at Glasgow Science Centre to hear from Nina about some of the questions she's asked about space, get a close up of some meteorites and how you may be able to find your own if you're very lucky. Ideal for budding astronomer and space enthusiasts aged 7 and over. View on YouTube.

The Weekend

Over the weekends we'll be sharing the videos from the past week to enjoy again.

Glorious Goo

Monday 6 April. Explore the properties of a non-Newtonian fluid and make your own glorious goo with us! This one can be messy, but is lots of fun! You'll need cornflour (or custard powder), some water, a bowl, spoon, food colouring (optional), and permission and supervision of an adult. Perfect for ages 3 and over, with science explanations over 7s will enjoy.

Hammer and Feather

Tuesday 7 April. When dropped from the same height, at the same time, what will hit the ground first - a hammer or a feather? And why is that? Carla explores in a classic science show theatre demo that will appeal most to over 7s.

How to Measure Acidity

Wednesday 8 April. Using some common household items, we'll show you how you can test to see if something is an acid or a base. This chemistry experiment must only be carried out with permission and under supervision of an adult. You will need: safety glasses and gloves, red cabbage, tomato sauce, bleach, vinegar, fizzy juice, water, a bowl, and some clear containers. It's most likely to appeal to over 13s.

All subject to change, but we'll do our best!


Enjoy again...

View all our #GSCAtHome videos on our YouTube playlist below.

Vertical Rocket Launch

Thursday 2 April. A science show theatre demonstration of a vertical rocket launch - using similar principles to those used by the likes of ESA or NASA when launching many of their rockets into space. Ideal for ages 7 years and over. View on YouTube.

Make a Nebula In A Jar

Wednesday 1 April. A wonderful, and crafty, 'make-it-at-home' to try inspired by the birthplaces of stars - nebulae. To make your own, with some adult supervision, you'll need: small glass vial (or similar), cotton wool, coloured water (made with food colouring), and some glitter. Ideal for ages 7 and over, younger children will need a bit more help form an adult. View on YouTube.

The Mould Effect

Tuesday 31 March. A demonstration and explanation of a scientific phenomenon known as the Mould effect. If you're a skateboarder, you've got an advantage to already understanding some of the principles of the forces involved in this mesmerising phenomenon. Visually fun for all, the science bit is most likely to appeal to over 7s. View on YouTube.

Design a Planet

Monday 30 March. Get some paper, pens (crayons or paint) and your imaginations ready! Combine it with some science know-how and join our Planetarium team (Natalie and Veronica) to design a planet of your very own! Ideal for all the family to try, with over 3s likely to find it awesome fun! View on YouTube.

Three Things About Mars

Friday 27 March. The red planet is a fascinating place. Veronica from our Planetarium team will be sharing three things about Mars that are amazing. Suitable for all the family, but ideal for budding astronomers aged 7 and over. View on YouTube.

Elephant's Toothpaste

Thursday 26 March. It's one of our classic science show theatre demos and one that many viewers have requested. Ideal for all the family and with science that over 7s will enjoy. View on YouTube.

A Question of Perception

Wednesday 25 March. Your brain is amazing, but sometimes trying to make sense of the world about it can be tricky. Join our team for an exploration of how your senses can be fooled. Suitable for all the family, and with science over 7s will enjoy. View on YouTube.

Chain Reaction

Tuesday 24 March. Learn about nuclear fission, through our energy-packed 'chain reaction' exhibit from our Powering the Future exhibition. Suitable for all the family, ideal for ages 8 and over. View on YouTube.

Lava Lamps

Monday 23 March. We'll be showing you how you can make your very own lava lamp. Ideal for ages 7 and over, but can be done by younger children with adult supervision. View on YouTube.

Flashback - Spreading the Force

Sunday 22 March. Using our bed of nails, we'll be looking at spreading the force in this video from the GSC archives. Watch with all the family. View on YouTube.

Idea No59

Saturday 21 March. We'd like to share some of the science behind our new exhibit Idea No59, which was due to open this past week. Our team have worked so hard on this for the past 2 years and we can’t wait for you all to experience it when we re-open. View on YouTube.

The Spring Equinox

Friday 20 March 2020 was the day of the Spring Equinox. But what is an equinox? Natalie is here to tell us all about it. Most likely to appeal to ages 5-11, but we know everyone loves space, so really, anyone can enjoy it! View on YouTube.


FAQs

  • #GSCAtHome is a new online initiative by Glasgow Science Centre to bring a bit of science into your home every day to help keep everyone inspired in these challenging times.
  • We hope to be able to share a #GSCAtHome experience every day at 10am.
  • #GSCAtHome is pre-recorded and staff are working from home in-line with government guidelines. Videos pre-recorded at the science centre were filmed before the science centre closed. The safety of our staff is paramount.
  • Where we can will make the content available afterwards for more people to enjoy.
  • #GSCAtHome will be reflective of all the experiences at Glasgow Science Centre, and we aim to appeal to a family audience. If you have suggestions of what you would like from us, please get in touch on our social media channels.
  • Our team are working hard to prepare accessible materials and we are working to create a schedule of activity to help families plan too.
  • Where items are more suitable for a particular age range we will endeavour to make that clear.
  • This is a new venture for us, so please bear with us whilst we get the hang of this format. It might change slightly as we iron out a few things.
  • Thank you for your continued support of Glasgow Science Centre during this period of temporary public closure of our attractions due to the global health crisis.
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