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21st Century Brain

Even in today's world of advanced technology, the human brain is still the most complex structure known to man, containing almost 100 billion nerve cells that work together to control your behaviour. Using the latest technology, computer games and hands-on challenges for children and adults, we'll explore this…

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 6 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 7 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 4 more dates until 11 Apr

Jungle Safari

Put on your safari gear and embark on an incredible and memorable journey through the deepest, darkest regions of the jungle. Our team will help you discover the fascinating world of animal communication and learn more about the amazing range of sounds the creatures of the jungle make. Please note: this workshop is…

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 6 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 7 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 10 more dates until 18 Apr

Make A MoBot: Virgin Media Switched on Futures

An action-packed introduction to computer programming created by the global computer programming club CoderDojo. You'll learn to design and code your own digital MoBot using Scratch, a visual programming language, and bring it to life and control it using Microsoft Kinect controllers. All Ages

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Sat 18 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Sun 19 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

3 Bears

The shiny metal world of Goldilocks meets the lovely natural wooden world of the three bears… and the result is a very sticky adventure all round as Goldilocks and the bears make friends and cook up a wonderful porridge recipe together. Join Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre in the kitchen where, using simple kitchen…

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Wed 15 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Thu 16 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

The Art of Science

From biological sciences to particle physics, this exhibition of striking images and objects celebrates the diverse and surprising range of scientific research going on right now at The University of Edinburgh. Be inspired and ponder the science at the heart of so many aspects of our lives. All Ages

University of Edinburgh Visitor Centre

Sat 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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Chain Reactor

This machine is quite simply bonkers. It’s 10 metres of unstoppable reactions as the wonders of chemistry are revealed in a procession of knock-on effects. Stay behind the Danger Line as acids splash and alkalis flow and if you’re very lucky, you'll get to start the whole process using the spectacular Toroidal Vortex…

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 6 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 7 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 10 more dates until 18 Apr

The Chemistry Show

Prepare yourself for bangs, colours, flames, foam and possibly learning something! How can we make cars that don’t harm the environment? What happens when things get really cold? And why should you cover your ears when Paul Murray and Robin Andrews light a match? The vibrant chemistry show returns, jam-packed with…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Wed 15 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Thu 16 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Code Club Workshop

Join Code Club Scotland coordinators Martin Evans *and *Lorna Gibson for a full-on-fun, hands-on coding workshop. You'll learn how computer programming works using a fun card game and code your own game using Scratch. You'll try some interactive electronics and use supercool Makey-Makeys to make a piano out of bananas.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Wed 8 Apr

£10 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Thu 9 Apr

£10 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Fri 10 Apr

£10 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

A crime has been committed; can you help us solve it? Become a forensic scientist in our special Crime Scene Investigation workshop. Study the crime scene and decipher the clues left behind by finding fingerprints, identifying soil samples and investigating blood. Can you solve the mystery and help us catch the…

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 6 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 7 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 10 more dates until 18 Apr

Dino Explorers

Get hands on in the prehistoric playground and explore a time before civilisation as we know it.

Dundee Science Centre

Thu 5 Mar

£7.25 (£5.25; Children £4–£5.25) / 01382 228800

Fri 6 Mar

£7.25 (£5.25; Children £4–£5.25) / 01382 228800

Sat 7 Mar

£7.25 (£5.25; Children £4–£5.25) / 01382 228800

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Dr Book

Stuck for something to read? Looking for new and exciting authors to explore? Then visit Edinburgh City Libraries' very own* Dr Book *where our book doctors will dispense advice and suggestions to cure all your reading ailments and you’ll even get your own reading prescription to take away with you. Consultations…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Sat 11 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Dumfries and Galloway Environment Fair

A fair aimed at making you more environmentally aware and informed, with information stalls on recycling, energy efficiency, green health and local wildlife as well as fun activities and games for all.

Rutherford-McCowan Building, Dumfries

Sat 14 Mar

Free / 01387 702001

Earth Craft

Join us at Dynamic Earth for a celebration of Scotland's unique, diverse and awe-inspiring landscapes. We've teamed up with Voluntary Arts Scotland to enable you to get hands-on and create something inspired by our landscapes and learn about our environment as you do it. Drop-in to find out more about Earth and…

Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

Sun 5 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 6 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 7 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 3 more dates until 14 Apr

Eureka! Ancient Greece and its brilliant scientific discoveries

A celebration of science from Ancient Greece as Carolyne Latham and her friendly little dog invite you to travel in time and discover the stories behind the science. The whole family will enjoy this gentle introduction to the wonders of the ancient world through interactive storytelling with soft hand puppets. You'll meet…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Sat 11 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Sun 12 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Incredible Power of Light

A replica of The Vulcan laser forms the centrepiece of this exhibition on light, along with interactive exhibits, talks from scientists and a series of family-friendly activities.

The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

Wed 1 Apr

Free / 0800 092 7500

Thu 2 Apr

Free / 0800 092 7500

Fri 3 Apr

Free / 0800 092 7500

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Lab Rats in Space: Explore Your Universe

The museum lab rat scientists have been to space and back! Help them relive their astronomical adventures through fun demonstrations and hands-on experiments. Perfect for ages 5-8 with an adult helper.  Ages 5+

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Tue 7 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Wed 8 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Thu 9 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 2 more dates until 11 Apr

Lost in Space

What is it like to grow up in the vastness of the Milky Way? Should we love or fear the universe? What happens when two galaxies collide? Lose yourself in the depths of the cosmos in an immersive and interactive experience complete with music and zooming images of the universe and remote sensing interactive technology.

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Sun 5 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 6 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 2 more dates until 8 Apr

Science and Magic of Light the Universe and Everything

A tour of our universe with eminent scientists and a professional magician.

University of Edinburgh

Sat 28 Mar

Free / 0131 650 1000

Should People have a Right to know their own Genome?

Dr Barbara Prainsack examines the ethical issues behind whether or not people should be able to know details of their own genome.

Conway Hall, London WC1R

Sun 8 Mar

£3 (£2; Members free)

What a Drag

Discover how air resistance helps and hinders aircraft before making your own model parachutist.

National Museum of Flight, North Berwick

Fri 3 Apr

£10 (£8; Children £5 under 5s free; Family £26; Members free) / 0300 123 6789

All prices include museum admission

  • 10:00 – 17:00 What a Drag National Museum of Flight, North Berwick
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Astro-teenies

A chance for very little ones to explore some of the fantastic things in the National Museum of Scotland as they reach for the stars in our space-themed story sessions. There'll be songs, science sensory activities and more. Perfect for ages 0–3 with an adult helper. Under 3

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Tue 14 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Wed 15 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Thu 16 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 3 more dates until 19 Apr

Blue Poppy (Meconopsis) Workshop

This one day workshop will look at cultivation and propagation techniques for successfully growing Meconopsis. Learn how and when to sow seed, divide plants and learn how we grow Meconopsis at RBGE. Taught by Alan Elliott.

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Sat 13 Jun

Lecture Room 2

£50 Booking required. Please call the education office on 0131 248 2937 to book. (Members £45) / 0131 248 2909

Bright Bread and Crafty Cranachan

Join food scientists from The Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health in a quest to improve Scotland's diet as you make and taste familiar Scottish recipes with a healthier twist. Recipes are taken from the Institute's new book, which exchanges and enhances ingredients to make these delicious dishes healthier and more…

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Wed 8 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Thu 9 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Build A Bot

The future is here! Learn how to build your very own pet robot with the help of Bristol Robotics Laboratory. The workshop is suitable for all ages and you don't need any coding experience, just an idea for a cool robot name.

M Shed, Bristol

Sat 14 Mar

£7 / 0117 352 6600

Buzz Around the Botanics

Join Bumblebee Conservation Trust and the Open Air Laboratory in the hunt for bees and other minibeasts at the Botanics. Pick up your guide to identification and a recording sheet, explore the Garden, noting what you see, then add your results to our big map. All young scientists taking part will receive an activity pack…

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Sat 11 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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