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October 2017

Free

Build a Biscuit City

Mon October 16, 2017 @ 11:3012:30
Penicuik Library, 39A Carlops Rd
Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 9EP United Kingdom

Biscuiteering - the art of building using biscuits and jam as your bricks and mortar! Do the best dunkers make the best structures? Come along and get building...

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£2

Proteins That Protect us From Cancer

Thu October 19, 2017 @ 14:0015:00
Penicuik Town Hall, High Street,
Penicuik , EH26 8HS

Join U3A and senior researcher Bill Earnshaw to find out what chromosome passengers are and how they protect us from cancer. No need to book! Just turn up with £2.

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October 2018

Free

Tasting Climate Change

Tue October 9, 2018 @ 15:3017:00
Penicuik Town Hall, High Street,
Penicuik , EH26 8HS

Join the Penicuik Storehouse and researchers from the University of Edinburgh to explore (and taste) the possible future impacts of climate change in Scotland through changes to what food you may be able to grow, buy and eat. Come along Tuesday 9th from 3:30pm-5pm   Please note - nuts will be used during this event.

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Free

Fun Scientists – Slime Factory

Fri October 12, 2018 @ 15:0019:00
Glencorse Centre, 4 Firth Road
Auchendinny, EH26 0QZ United Kingdom

Learn all about polymers whilst creating the most wonderful, gloopy and stretchy slimes to take home including fluffy unicorn poo slime! Book yourself in for one of two sessions at 15:00-16:00 or  18:00-19:00.  

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Go Batty

Sun October 14, 2018 @ 18:0020:00
Penicuik House, Carlops Road
Penicuik, EH26 9LA United Kingdom

Join the Rangers as we hunt for these fascinating creatures during an evening stroll around the estate. We will look and listen for bats using detectors which will help us to identify the different bat species that live here. We may even spot some of the other nocturnal residents of the estate. To book call 01968 571 899 Adults £3 Children £1 

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Free

OMG Science

Mon October 15, 2018 @ 11:0015:00
Penicuik Library, 39A Carlops Rd
Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 9EP United Kingdom

A day filled with all kinds of science, science and more science! Use your detective skills to decipher DNA and seek out mutated cells, test out the insulation properties of different materials using thermal imaging cameras and race against the clock to produce renewable energy. Have fun learning about the science of light and sound waves, optics and illusions... and help catch 'Fred' (the germ) and create your own immune cell too. Come along Monday 15th from 11am-3pm.

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Free

Powering Up

Wed October 17, 2018 @ 11:0012:00
Penicuik Library, 39A Carlops Rd
Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 9EP United Kingdom

Join the National Museums Scotland as they take an experimental look at renewable energy! including wind turbines, hydrogen powered cars and solar energy with the possibility of a few small explosions too! Come along Wednesday 17th from 11am-12pm.  

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Free

Tiny Tots Science – Experiments For Under 5’s

Thu October 18, 2018 @ 10:0014:00
Glencorse Centre, 4 Firth Road
Auchendinny, EH26 0QZ United Kingdom

A chance for your littlest scientists to play, explore, learn, and maybe get a little messy too! There will be a giant bubble making and lots to squash and squeeze in our sensory boxes. A chance to play with real science equipment in our water lab, and magnifying glasses to explore the even smaller world around us. Teddy Bear Hospital will also be coming to teach you how to keep your (and teddy's!) body strong and healthy. Drop-in Thursday 18th…

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Free

Exciting Eruptions

Thu October 18, 2018 @ 14:0015:00
Penicuik Library, 39A Carlops Rd
Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 9EP United Kingdom

UPDATE: BOOK ONLINE (not drop-in, limited places) Come see out giant volcano erupting and have some seismic fun making your own paper mache erupting volcano to take home using kitchen ingredients! Book your space online:  

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£2

What is ‘Deep Learning’?

Thu October 18, 2018 @ 14:0015:00
Penicuik Town Hall, High Street,
Penicuik , EH26 8HS

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is suddenly one of the hottest topics in computer science today. But what really is Machine Learning, and how does it work? Why is it suddenly such a big deal, and will it really bring about a fundamental change in the world we inhabit? How deep is a "deep neural network" anyway? And how long will it be before this talk can be given by a silicon-based presenter instead of a carbon-based one? Come and discover all…

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Free

Dark Skies Bright Stars – Penicuik

Sat October 20, 2018 @ 19:0021:00
Penicuik House, Carlops Road
Penicuik, EH26 9LA United Kingdom

Discover astronomical features visible to the naked eye with the help of  scientists and engineers from the Royal Observatory Edinburgh. WRAP UP WARM. Book yourself in for Saturday 20th from 7pm-9pm.  

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October 2019

Family Den Building

Sun October 6, 2019 @ 10:3012:00
Penicuik House, Carlops Road
Penicuik, EH26 9LA United Kingdom

Up your den building skills with expert advice from Engineers at the University of Edinburgh. An adventure for all the family to design forage and build your own den.  

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Free

Walkie Talkies

Wed October 9, 2019 @ 15:0016:30
Penicuik House, Carlops Road
Penicuik, EH26 9LA United Kingdom

You and your four-legged best friends are invited to take a stroll with researchers from The Roslin Institute exploring the science of dog behaviors and health.

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Free

Erupting Volcanoes

Mon October 14, 2019 @ 14:0015:00
Penicuik Library, 39A Carlops Rd
Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 9EP United Kingdom

Join the library for some seismic fun making your own paper mache erupting volcano using kitchen ingredients and then take it home with you!  

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Free

Nanoscale Art

Tue October 15, 2019 @ 11:0014:00
Penicuik Library, 39A Carlops Rd
Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 9EP United Kingdom

Come and make your own stained glass window or sun catcher with OPTIMA CDT and find out how nanoparticles can help detect and treat diseases too.

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Free

Fun Science

Tue October 15, 2019 @ 11:0015:00
Penicuik Library, 39A Carlops Rd
Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 9EP United Kingdom

A day filled with all kinds of science and YOU! Alongside our scientists and researchers we are inviting YOU to also come along to share a skill or hobby. Anything goes! Musical instruments, sewing, model building, wood work – bring it along and get involved. The day will also include drop-in activities including the science of bacteria, exploring light and sound waves, colour changing experiments and a smoothie bike too.

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Free

Think, Music & Memories

Tue October 15, 2019 @ 14:0015:30
Cowan Court Care Home, Eastfield Dr
Penicuik, Midlothian EH26 8BF United Kingdom

Come to the dementia-café for an afternoon of music from times-gone-by, and create a personal playlist. We will be joined by Professor Michael Craig from Heriot Watts Memory Lab, and Luisa Parkinson from Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre who will be discussing the latest research into memory. All welcome!

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Free

Science on the Fish Farm

Thu October 17, 2019 @ 14:0015:00
Penicuik Town Hall, High Street,
Penicuik , EH26 8HS

Hear from The Roslin Institute’s aquaculture researchers about their work to improve the health of a variety of farmed aquatic species, from salmon to oysters. A talk hosted by the Penicuik U3A and open to all. Aquaculture is a growing industry in Scotland and around the world and includes fish, shellfish and other animal and plant species. In order to produce healthy, sustainable food, aquaculture farmers need improved breeding programmes to help them overcome major challenges such as infectious diseases.…

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Free

Rocket to the Moon

Fri October 18, 2019 @ 13:3016:30
Glencorse Centre, 4 Firth Road
Auchendinny, EH26 0QZ United Kingdom

Calling all space cadets, come along to build and blast off your very own pop-bottle rocket and get ready for some pretty huge rocket launch demos too!

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Free

Erupting Volcanoes

Fri October 18, 2019 @ 15:0016:00
Danderhall Library, 1a Campview
Danderhall , Midlothian EH22 1QD United Kingdom

Join the library for some seismic fun making your own paper mache erupting volcano using kitchen ingredients and then take it home!  

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