Design and Democracy exhibition - Free Family Weekend to mark St Andrew's Day

Design and Democracy exhibition - Family Weekend

Free event exploring design, science and innovation at the Scottish Parliament

Design affects the lives of all of us. Whether it’s an intuitive new phone, a car that tells us we’ve left the lights on, or the Kindle doing something nobody expected and actually improving on the design of a book, who of us have not had our lives touched by good design? Even outside of everyday domestic objects, who doesn’t love the Falkirk Wheel? Similarly, bad design can really infuriate. Personally, it’s USB cables that don’t indicate which way up they go. And hotel ‘card keys’ - they never work first time. So why has nobody fixed it?.

Design and Democracy
, the latest exhibition at the Scottish Parliament, explores design and how it affects our lives. Timetabled to mark St Andrew’s Day, the opening Family Weekend from Fri 25 to Sat 26 Nov is packed with free science, design and innovation themed events and activities to satisfy enquiring minds.

Practical activities aren’t limited to colouring in and treasure hunts either. You can design and build your own radio-controlled car, build your own wind turbine and design and launch a rocket. Slightly less dangerous-sounding but just as interesting is the chance to make your own stop motion animation film.

The evolved design of the human body is also explored, with further experiments to measure how much air is in your lungs, measure your grip strength and to test your balance and co-ordination.

In addition, Design and Democracy showcases the work of some of the best up-and-coming designers to emerge from Scotland leading design schools

With enough activities to fascinate curious young minds, or the just plain curious, the Family Weekend of the Design and Democracy exhibition is a great way to spend a November weekend inside an iconic building, learn more about the Scottish Parliament - and a great way to celebrate St Andrew’s Day.

Design & Democracy

Work by 15 new designers, all recent graduates from Scottish art schools, and all demonstrating how design can alter the ways in which we live, be it in the fields of health, society or environment.

St Andrew's Family Weekend

Family activities inspired by the Design and Democracy exhibition, including the chance to work on a stop motion animation, test modifications to radio controlled cars, and measure the air in your lungs.

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