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Psst.  Remember this?  You know who you are.
Jun22

Psst. Remember this? You know who you are.

Those of you who came to Dino day last year at Dalkeith library will remember that our attempts to set off a super volcano were…a little bit of an anticlimax! So you will be delighted to learn that this year we have a real volcanologist to help bring this amazing branch of science to life.  Kate Saunders from The University of Edinburgh will join us when we will take over the Glencorse Centre on October the 16th.  Combining our...

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How do we do it and what do you think?
Mar03

How do we do it and what do you think?

Our annual report is now available.  Read about how we did in 2015.  How are we funded?  Where did our events run and how many folk turned out?  What do you think of us? These and many more questions can be answered by DOWNLOADING our annual report We collected over 900 evaluation forms during our two week festival and in the report, you will find a summary of the findings.  Much more of the feedback collected is fuelling our plans...

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Nicola and Sarah grab a gong!
Feb05

Nicola and Sarah grab a gong!

A glittering dinner took place last night at the National Museum of Scotland.  At the Scottish Enterprise annual do, Easter Bush won the award for Community Engagement for it’s  work with Midlothian Science Festival. Of course you all know that great work is done by great people, and in this case, two.  Nicola Stock , Public Engagement Officer for The Roslin Institute and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, and Sarah...

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Maggie Boyd’s beautiful beastie made our judges beam!
Feb02

Maggie Boyd’s beautiful beastie made our judges beam!

Maggie Boyd from Newtongrange entered our ‘Design a bug or beastie’ competition.   Our judges were enchanted by her design, which won the 5-8 years category. Maggie described it like this: “The ‘Jellyscorpagi’ is made of jelly.  It is famous for it’s cuteness and square nose and is solar powered.  Sun goes in one pincer and goes all around the body and makes it glow.  Then it comes out of the other...

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Stephen scribes his way to success.
Jan07

Stephen scribes his way to success.

Stephen Catterall sharpened his pencil, put his mind to work, and produced this poem to win our Cell Poetry competition.   He came to Dalkeith Library to collect his certificate and prize. One hundred billion neurons whirring in my brain help me to remember how to write my name Skin cells enveloping every part of me stops my insides falling out wouldn’t you agree? Beautiful red blood cells travel through my veins oxygen...

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Our youngest Bugs and Beasties Designer is Maya!
Dec15

Our youngest Bugs and Beasties Designer is Maya!

Maya Duran from Edinburgh visited us at Science in the Glen on the 4th of October.  She spend some time at our design a bug or beastie activity, and our judges loved the results!  She came to Danderhall Library to collect her certificate and prize. Here is her winning entry.   Well drawn...

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Dominic designs a winner!
Dec11

Dominic designs a winner!

Dominic Forest of Roslin won the age 9-12 category in our ‘Design a Bug or a Beastie’ Competition with his wonderful, colourful creation.  And here is Dominic at Roslin Library with his winners certificate and prize.  Well done Dominic! Thank you to all of you who entered this year’s competitions.  Winners in the Bugs and Beasties  0-4 category, 5-8 category, and winner of the Cell poetry competition will appear next...

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Meet Ben,  winner of the Rocket Launch competition 2015!
Nov23

Meet Ben, winner of the Rocket Launch competition 2015!

Ben Freeland won this year’s farthest launch, with a whopping 44 metre blast during the Mayfield Library Science Gala Day on the last day of this years Festival, October the 17th. Here he is with his prize, certificate, and of course, his amazing rocket!   Well done to all of you who launched rockets with us this year, we had great fun! Rocket launching will return next year, so look closely at Ben’s design, and for...

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A little ‘light’ reading
Oct01

A little ‘light’ reading

Midlothian Science Festival celebrates International Year of Light 2015 UNESCO has designated 2015 as the International Year of Light to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the work of a Scottish scientist who showed that light consists of electromagnetic waves. The scientist was James Clerk Maxwell, a member of the Clerk family of Penicuik Estate, who was born in Edinburgh but spent his childhood on a country estate at Glenlair,...

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Events are selling out!  Get your orders in..
Sep28

Events are selling out! Get your orders in..

We are delighted to announce that some of our events have already sold out (and wish we could squeeze more of you in). Stargazing at Roslin Chapel, Wildfood Walk from Gorebridge Library, App Developer at Lasswade Library and Advanced Minecraft at Newtongrange all full up! We have loads of events though, so you can still book up for something wonderful. Our launch event at Mayfield Library this Friday 2nd Oct at 2pm will be fun packed....

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Brochure ready to download tomorrow!
Sep01

Brochure ready to download tomorrow!

  Wow we did it!  You can download from the link from tomorrow.  You will start to spy paper copies all over the Lothians from tomorrow too.  Watch this space for the launch of this years events on the web.  ...

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2015 Brochure on the way
Aug20

2015 Brochure on the way

  The excitement is building here as our stunning brochure for 2015 is off to the printers!  Have a sneaky peek.. It will be available to view/download from 2nd...

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Learn about Li-Fi at Lasswade!
Jul14

Learn about Li-Fi at Lasswade!

  What if every light bulb in the world could also transmit data? We are thrilled to have Professor Harald Haas delivering the key note lecture at this year’s festival. Prepare for a lecture with a difference as Prof Hass talks about and demonstrates his ground breaking work.  He will appear at the Lasswade Centre on Monday the 5th Oct at 7pm. Get a preview of what’s in store here Li-Fi....

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Report from the Chair
Jun16

Report from the Chair

  Today we post our ‘Report from the Chair 2014’. Click here to have a look at what we achieved last year in summary. Following our AGM on the 15th June 2105 the following Directors have been elected: Philip Wark, Director and Chair, Sarah Keer-Keer, Director and Treasurer, Fiona Maher, Director and Jane Milne, Director.     Events for this year will be available to view on this website from the End of...

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It’s all in the planning.
May29

It’s all in the planning.

We are delighted to announce that planning for this years festival is going very well, and we have some super science events already in place in Midlothian for October.  From interesting, stimulating adult events, to family friendly gala days and lovely library sessions, we have it all! Over the next few weeks, we will show you some of the amazing photographs from last years events. These pictures were  taken at the  Glencorse...

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Big thank you to Midlothian Councillors
May02

Big thank you to Midlothian Councillors

The Midlothian Science Festival would like to thank the following Midlothian Councillors for their generous donations to this years Festival programme.  The money is a massive boost to the work we do. Jim Bryant Bob Constable Catherine Johnstone Ian Baxter Derek Rosie Joe Wallace We are hard at work planning this years festival programme, and already have many hours of entertaining Science to showcase in  Midlothian’s community....

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Join us again in 2014
Mar02

Join us again in 2014

We are back: 4th-19th Oct 2014

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Rockets and Spider Silk Designs Online
Oct23

Rockets and Spider Silk Designs Online

The rockets and spider silk inventions were so great – we’ve put them up online. See here for Rockets and here for Spider Silk inventions (from Danderhall only so far) Can you spot yours? Watch out for next years...

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Thank you for a great festival
Oct23

Thank you for a great festival

Thank you to everyone who participated in the festival, whether as a visitor, presenter, provider or sponsor  – we truly couldn’t have done it without you. Initial estimates suggest 1700 school pupils and over 4000 public attended. Thank you for your enthusiasm. If you have any comments, suggestions or stories to share, please email info@midlothiansciencefestival.com Next years dates are 4th-19th October 2014 Bye for now...

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Programme Confirmed – Roslin Biocentre
Oct13

Programme Confirmed – Roslin Biocentre

An exciting programme on Fri 18th Oct including a talk by  Prof Sir Ian Wilmut, of Dolly the sheep fame, has now been confirmed.  Fri October 18, 2013 @ 10:00 – 14:00 Spaces for talks and tours are limited and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. TALKS   (50 places – Adults age and 14+) 10am – “Introduction to the BioCentre” by Malcolm Bateman, CEO, Roslin BioCentre 10.30am –  ”Ockham Oncology – Driven by...

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