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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.  

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.  


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!  

Dark Skies and Bright Stars

October 15 @ 19:0021:00
The Secret Herb Garden

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!  

Choc Full of Physics

October 16 @ 15:0016:30

Discover how physics affects the way chocolate looks, feels and tastes... ..And yes, there will be chocolate tasting too!  

Bird Stress in Your Backyard

October 17 @ 10:0011:30
straiton pond

How do expanding towns and increasing traffic affect birds? What does a stressed bird look like? Join researchers from the University of Edinburgh to observe and track local birds as they communicate with each other and hunt for food. Learn how to identify different types of bird and how to spot if a bird is stressed.  

All Things Glowing

October 17 @ 14:0016:00
Loanhead Library

Have some fun with fluorescence and black lights! Come along to make your own glow in the dark nightlight and some mini glow bugs.  

Dinos and Rocks Gala day

October 21 @ 11:0015:00
Loanhead Library

Get ready for a prehistoric adventure at Loanhead Library. Dig for dinosaur bones, plant and take home your very own Jurassic Fern, make life sized dinosaur footprints and also meet Mr Fossil and his vast collecting on real fossils. Create your own mini demonstrations of global processes such as plate tectonics and erosion and discover how the Earth has changed over 4.5 billion years. Build your own 3D landscape and of course, not forgetting everyone’s favourite create your very own…

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