The Spark magazine

The Spark magazine

Welcome to The Spark - an exciting, new magazine from Glasgow Science Centre!

Each issue will have exciting experiments for you to try at home, fascinating facts to ponder over, and puzzles and quizzes to challenge your family.

Issue 1

In the first issue of The Spark, we are looking at Space, Volcanoes and Minibeasts. So from the very big, to the very small. Do you think there are any minibeasts in space? Download your free PDF copy today!

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Issue 2

Ready for more family fun this summer? Inside second issue of The Spark, find out about cress monsters, make your own glorious goo, meet an immunologist, and learn how to create your own secret messages. Plus, there's more quizzes and puzzles to challenge and entertain.

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Issue 3

This edition of The Spark is out of this world! This week we’re making wind-powered cars, sundials, and growing our own tiny icicle-like cave formations - stalactites. Plus, we find out what it’s like to be in mission control for the International Space Station!

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Issue 4

In issue four of The Spark, we're making water tornados, investigating buoyancy and taking a tour of the Earth. Buckle up as we set off to explore some of the forces and features of our watery world!

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Issue 5

In this edition of The Spark, follow the journey of food through our bodies and make your own stomach. Make a spectroscope to investigate light and colour, and take a planetary tour of Jupiter, the biggest planet of them all.

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Issue 6

Issue 6 of The Spark features an interview with Scotland's Chief Scientific Advisor, takes you on a spiral scavenger hunt, and challenges you to design the ultimate dinosaur!

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Issue 7

Energy is the focus for Issue 7 of The Spark magazine! You can build a wind turbine, meet an apprentice oil and as technician, and design your future mode of transport!

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The Spark was initially conceived to reach the communities our CLD team work with who have been hardest hit by the pandemic and lockdown. More than 1200 hard copies are being distributed weekly across Glasgow and soft copies to many more of our community partners. Thanks to its popularity we've now also made it available to all online.

Look out every week over the school summer holidays for the next issue of The Spark.


A Spark of Science

Alongside The Spark, we've also launched a brand new audio companion. Each episode will bring you short science sound bites to spark your imagination and curiosity.

Episode 1

Episode 1 is all about animals. Sabah is here to tell us some fascinating facts about some of our favourite members of the animal kingdom - including apes, polar bears and big cats.

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Episode 2

Sabah tells us all about corrosion - what it is, how it happens, and where you may have seen it. She also tells us how you can do your very own corrosion experiment at home using pennies and cola.

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Episode 3

Our appendix is useless, our blood is sometimes blue and we only use ten percent of our brain. What do these facts all have in common? They’re not actually true! Myths, fibs or old wives’ tales, whatever you call them they’re completely made up facts that are believed by many people.

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Episode 4

At Glasgow Science Centre, we believe science is for everyone. Science communicator Carla is here to talk about her journey in science, and why science is more than just lab coats and test tubes.

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Episode 5

Take a tour of Jupiter with Nina from our Planetarium! Nina is here to tell us some fascinating facts about the biggest planet in our solar system.

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Episode 6

Learn more about renewable energy in this special Powering The Future Week episode of A Spark of Science.

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Episode 7

In this episode of A Spark of Science, Ruairi tells us some fascinating science history from right here in the UK!

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Episode 8

Learn about the hidden gold mine in your junk entertainment drawer with Katie in this episode of A Spark of Science

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Episode 9

What relationship does a singing bowl have with an alligator flirting? Find out the answer with Celine in this episode of A Spark of Science.

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Episode 10

Learn all about colour vision in the animal world in this episode of A Spark of Science with Sabah!

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Episode 11

Discover what makes liquids flow with Celinein this episode of A Spark of Science.

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Share The Spark

If you try any of our activities this week, please show us how they turned out. Send your favourite pictures to contact.us@gsc.org.uk or share with us on our social media channels with the hashtag #GSCAtHome. We’ll print a selection of your pictures in the next magazine.

For even more fun experiments to try at home for all the family, head over to our #GSCAtHome webpages packed with videos.

Thanks to our supporters!

The Spark and A Spark of Science are produced by Glasgow Science Centre with support from the Inspiring Science Fund provided by BEIS, UKRI and Wellcome.

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