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Rocks: A Record of a Swampy Past

October 7 @ 10:0012:00

A scenic walk in Roslin Glen to see the record in the rocks of Scotland’s past as a warm and humid swamp, with Dr Mark Wilkinson of the University of Edinburgh.  

Science Alive Gala Day

October 7 @ 11:0015:30
Lasswade Centre

A day exploring the totally amazing life sciences. Experience our science tattoos, try out our fully animated 3D anatomy t-shirts which will teleport you inside the body, build your own good bacteria from felt and polystyrene and discover how your remarkable body fights diseases and repairs itself, along with using some high tech microscopes to delve into a world unseen by the naked eye! There will be plenty of hand-on activities throughout the day, including X-ray body painting too.

Dark Skies and Bright Stars

October 7 @ 19:0021:00
Glencorse Centre

Get ready for an evening of stargazing, astro-photography and some actual space science. Apart from having a look through a telescope and getting a crash-course in spotting the brightest stars and constellations, we will also have other hands-on demos and activities. And if those naughty clouds try to stop us, we will use state of the art free software to re-create the night skies in-doors. Make sure you wrap up warm!  

Nature and Science Trail

October 7 @ 23:0023:30
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Daily until Sat October 21, 2017
Vogrie Country Park

A self-led trail through the beautiful woodland of Vogrie to discover some super nature facts under a canopy of autumn colour. Pick up a trail pack from Vogrie House, and then go explore!

Eyes in the Sky

October 7 @ 23:0023:30
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Daily until Sat October 21, 2017
PCAA Gallery Cafe

See our planet like you've never seen it before. Come to see the exhibition of posters describing the Sentinel Satellites – a group of advanced Earth observation instruments - one of the worlds largest observation programmes! This exhibition will showcase the various aspects of the program with an array of different types of satellite images and data products.

Walkie Talkies: Dog Walk

October 8 @ 10:3012:00
Vogrie Country Park

They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but you and your canine companion can join a walk dedicated to exploring the science behind dog behaviour, health and welfare. Join scientists and behaviour experts from The Roslin Institute and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies to find out about our work with dogs of all shapes and sizes as we walk around the scenic Vogrie Country Park. The walk will set off from the Vogrie car park…

Wild Science

October 8 @ 11:0015:00
Vogrie Country Park

A day of scientific adventures awaits at Vogrie Country Park. Connect with nature, explore the elements and release your wild side! Out in the park, complete our scavenger hunt, become a red squirrel detective, search for fossils or try your hand at pond dipping. Under canvas there will be lots of science demonstrations, crafts and activities, and maybe some slimy or furry friends to meet too! You can grab some tips about how to build a better relationship with your…

Geocaching: Worlds Largest Treasure Hunt

October 8 @ 13:0016:00
Vogrie Country Park

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Using a GPS enabled device (even your smartphone will do!) Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache hidden at that location. Discover the world of geocaching with help from our geocaching friends in Midlothian. Find out all about the world’s biggest treasure hunt!

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Pub Quiz

October 8 @ 20:0022:30
The Justinlees

Give your brain cells a workout - a straight up pub quiz with the odd serious, humorous and at times tenuous science questions thrown in for good measure  

The Perfect Cream Tea

October 9 @ 15:0016:30

How does science affect how we make scones, cream and jam?  Can the perfect cream tea teach us about soft matter physics? Tickle your taste buds with the science behind the perfect cream tea in a physics meets afternoon tea event. Cream teas will be available for £5.  

History of Penicuick House

October 9 @ 19:0020:30
Penicuik Library

The famous Scot’s Physicist James Clerk-Maxwell inherited Penicuik House. Discover a little about the man and his scientific endeavours at this talk.  

Bright Sparks Gala Day

October 10 @ 10:3013:00
Danderhall Library

Bold Bright and colourful science for pre-schoolers and all the family too. A morning of discovering and doing, including play-doh science, soft toy science, the science of your breakfast, exploring forces & making constellation viewers. And of course there will be slime making, singing and dancing!

Making Sense of Stress

October 10 @ 18:0020:00
IKEA Edinburgh

How do we define and combat stress in modern society? Join Edinburgh Neuroscience and various other guest speaker to explore stress in people from all walks of life, from parenthood and children to resettled refugees. A series of short talks, followed by questions from the floor - as we try to make sense of stress.  

Knitted Midlothian

October 10 @ 18:3020:00
Mayfield Library

Come along and join Mayfield Library's “In Stitches” knitting group as they showcase their Midlothian landmark designs as you've never seen them before knitted, purled and crocheted. also a chance to come and have a try too.

Midlothian Fossils

October 10 @ 19:0020:30
Loanhead Library

Join us for a night discovering all about the fossils of Midlothian, with experts from Edinburgh Geological Society.   In the heart of the Pentland Hills you can find the remains of ancient sea creatures that lived more than 400 million years ago. While this ocean is long gone, there are still signs of what life was like from the fossils and rocks that have been preserved. Nearly 100 million years later, the rest of the rocks of Midlothian were formed…

Thought for Food: Science Cafe

October 11 @ 11:0013:00
Loanhead Library

Decisions, decisions.... how do you choose what food to buy and eat? Come and be part of the 'Big Picnic' exploring the conversations about nutritious food with the Royal Botanic Garden Edniburgh. Also, have fun designing your own felt food meal.  

Investigating Indigo

October 11 @ 18:3021:00
Rosslyn Chapel

In Medieval Scotland indigo was only for the rich.. Find out how and why in this interactive workshop and talk exploring the nature and creative use of indigo dye.    

All Singing, All Dancing

October 11 @ 18:3021:30
Scottish Mining Museum

A night of musical fun! The NYCoS Midlothian Choir gives a special performance, followed by a Science Ceilidh. Enjoy a selection of science themed compositions from your local youth choir and then get on your feet for some ceilidh dancing with a science twist - including 'dashing white blood cells' and 'strip the Helix' A night to celebrate science through dance, song and quite possibly glow sticks too!   PLEASE NOTE: book online to guarantee your place , but then…


Garden Laboratory

October 12 @ 17:3019:30

We love our gardens, but do we really know what’s going on in all that gorgeous greenery? 3 talks in one evening... exploring ancient exotic plants, how plants evolve and adapt to suit their environment, and how genetic research is helping us learn more about bees. Buzz along to Garden Laboratory to find out!  

Science in Extreme Conditions

October 12 @ 18:0020:00
IKEA Edinburgh

how do you stop your toes from freezing at -40C???

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