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Science venues to visit:

Science Museums/Venues

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Dundee Science Centre
Dundee Science Centre offers the opportunity to explore hands-on science exhibitions, and a choice of activity designed specifically to support Curriculum for Excellence experiences and outcomes. Workshops include: Plants Are Living Things, Healthy Body Bits and Genes in a Bottle.

Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh
Interactive exhibits on all aspects of the planet, and workshops including: energy of the future, the arctic, journey into the rainforest, climate change and oceans. Some schools may be eligible for a transport subsidy; please visit for more information.

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
Science gallery offering rich resources for learning and teaching, with a full programme of events for schools.

Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh
Varied, curriculum based sessions with a holistic approach to teaching science. Focus on participatory, experiential learning about the natural world, biodiversity and sustainability. Programmes include: teddy bears picnic, senses, plants we eat and rainforest adventure.

The Falkirk Wheel
Educational programmes, including a basin trail. An interactive exhibition and viewing gallery.

The Hydrogen Office
The Hydrogen Office offers visits and demonstrations for schools. Linked to the Curriculum for Excellence, all educational workshops are hands on, and tailored to individual class needs. They cover topics such as wind power, solar power, and hydrogen fuel cells, through games, worksheets, and team activities, using mini solar panels, mini turbines and fuel cell cars.

The Royal Observatory, Edinburgh
Home of the second biggest telescope in Scotland. Tours catered towards schools, including: telescope dome, meteorite handling, moon phases and eclipses and stars and galaxies.

Zoos, Aquariums and Nature Reserves

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Butterfly and Insect World
Tropical Rainforest. Experience a tropical rainstorm, fish feeding, and animal handling and much more.

Deep Sea World
Aquarium located in North Queensferry. Includes classroom sessions tailored to specific year groups. Topic include: life in the sea, sharks and tropical rainforest.

Edinburgh Zoo
Conservation of threatened species and habitats. A number of programmes for schools can be included in your visit, such as: cycle of life, bone detectives, endangered animals and rainforest explorers.

The Ecology Centre, Kinghorn
The Ecology Centre offer half or whole day sessions covering a foundation of understanding about the environment. Sessions are designed to be active, interactive, experiential and a journey of discovery. Topics covered include: Minibeasts, Energy, Living Things, and Litter and Pollution.

Science workshops/outreach:

Science Shows

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David High, BioSchools
David, a biology education specialist, comes to your school and offers pupils a fascinating experience into the world of biology. Workshops include Minibeasts and Insects and Life in the Rainforest (Tel: 01333 730524).

Electric Lego City Workshops
The workshops encourage the development of amongst other things, Teamwork, Logical Thinking, Creativity and Practical Design.

Generation Science
Shows and workshops tailored towards specific age groups and curriculum requirements. Topics covered in the shows and workshops include: planet earth, materials, forces and electricity, biological systems and technologies.

SCI-FUN, The Scottish Science and Technology Roadshow, provides shows and hands-on sessions for P6/7 classes

Shell Workshops
All the workshops support 'Skills in Science - Investigating' in the National Guidelines. Topics covered include electricity, splash and flight.


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The Royal Observatory Outreach
The Royal Observatory has a range of activities to bring to your school. Most of the activities are directly linked to the 5-14 Earth in Space curriculum guidelines; the others offer stimulating experiences and opportunities to test your skills.

Animal Shows

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Curriculum based workshops for children. Hands on workshops featuring a variety of animals including snakes, tarantulas, lizards, scorpions and frogs. Zoolab has a network of fully qualified professional rangers.

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