The Spark magazine

The Spark magazine

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

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 7.500 hard copies are distributed across Glasgow four times a year, with soft copies provided to many more of our community partners. Thanks to its popularity we've now also made it available to all online.

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

Issue 18

The Spark Issue 18 - front cover of magazine

Grab a woolly jumper, and a mug of hot chocolate and join us for the winter edition of The Spark magazine!

Dive into freezing waters to discover how animals stay warm in extremely cold conditions. Discover the popping power of citrus, and look through a kaleidoscope to explore the properties of light.

Plus, we ask the question: 'what do you want to be when you grow up' as we explore different jobs in science.

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Issue 17

In Issue 17, we are exploring all things electric. What is electricity and how does it work? We're also finding out how plants and humans get energy, and discovering animals who use electricity to hunt down their prey!

Try your hand at some shocking static science and design your own renewable form of transport in this electrifying edition of The Spark magazine!

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Issue 16

In Issue 16, take a look at the climate, not just on our planet, but the climate of the other planets in our solar system. Explore the differences between weather and climate, and how these can change due to greenhouse gases and climate change. You’ll also find some experiments inside that will show you how greenhouse gases can affect the temperature of Earth.

Glasgow Science Centre turns 21 this year! To celebrate we have shared our favourite facts that we have learned while working at the science centre. What is your favourite memory or fact that you have learned while visiting?

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Issue 15

In this Spring 2022 issue we are looking at single-use plastics, their effect on the environment and how we can help look after the wildlife impacted by discarded litter. We are also taking a trip out to our local parks and forests to learn how to identify trees by their leaves and seeds. We'll investigate the leaf litter and see what we can uncover as we go on a Bug Hunt!

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Issue 14

In this winter edition, we will be learning about our seasons, how holidays are celebrated in space and what cool tricks animals use to stay camouflaged. On top of that, this issue is packed with fun puzzles and quizzes to enjoy. Plus, there's some experiments and crafts to keep you busy on a cold winter's day.

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Issue 13

Get your climate edition of The Spark magazine packed with experiments to help us understand our planet. Investigate Arctic and Antarctic ice and its effect on the rising sea levels. Meet a weather expert and learn all about the wonderful world of clouds. Find out about the world's biggest climate conference, COP26, taking place in Glasgow this November. Plus, we’ll be making our own weather instruments, plant maze and cloud in a jar.

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Issue 12

Get your Summer 2021 edition of The Spark magazine!

In this summer edition, we’ll be tricking our eyes and brains with weird and wacky illusions, helping scientists search for ticks and meeting some of the birds and animals of the Scottish coast. Plus, we’ll be making our own pinhole cameras, radiant rainbows and balancing birds.

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Issue 11

The Spring 2021 edition of The Spark magazine is here!

It’s choc-full of activities, games and puzzles to amaze your family and friends. In this cracking edition, we’ll be getting cryptic with Caesar Ciphers, geometric with Tangrams, curious with Chromatography, and explore beautiful bubbles! Plus, use your recycling to play the Zero Waste Scotland Board Game, meet a Software Engineer, and discover the science of chocolate.

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Issue 10

A bumper edition of The Spark, where we will be looking at the science of Christmas. It’s jam-packed with festive activities, games and puzzles to amaze your family and friends. In this festive edition, we'll discover how snowflakes are formed and why they are hexagonal in shape. Plus, follow along as we make our very own festive wreath and gingerbread house.

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Issue 9

In this edition, our activities are linked to the natural environment. Our planet is constantly undergoing transformation, with the changing seasons, with the weather, but also through the actions of humans. What changes do you see in your natural environment? We’ll be making a miniature garden in a jar and finding out how Earth recycles water through our land, oceans and skies. We’re also collecting colourful autumn leaves to make beautiful pieces of art, and we meet Heather Stewart, who studies changes in the Earth at the bottom of the sea.

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Issue 8

Celebrate World Space Week with this special issue of The Spark magazine focused on space exploration! Learn about the new technologies that allow us to explore our world and beyond - from space! Meet a satellite technician, find out about the James Webb Space Telescope and investigate how rovers search for signs of life on Mars.

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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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Download the Bug Count Tally Tables Template.

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 Celine in this episode of A Spark of Science.

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Episode 12

Did you know that the Earth and Moon are natural satellites? Learn more in this week's 'A Spark of Science.'

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Episode 13

Have you ever looked up at the night sky, noticed a bright object and wondered what it was? Well, it could be a planet! In this episode of 'A Spark of Science,' Natalie explains what planets you're able to see in the sky from Glasgow this October.

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Episode 14

In this episode of 'A Spark of Science,' we're taking a dive into our oceans with Amy to discover why ocean acidification is putting our sea life at risk. Part of #FromEarthToSpace week.

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Episode 15

When you think of mummies, you may think of ancient Egypt. But did you know that Scotland has mummies of its own? Learn more in this spooktacular Halloween 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 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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