Day 2 Sunday 18th

Welcome to Day Two of our first virtual Midlothian Science Festival. Each day we’ll release a new page of links to content about the science on your doorstep, and further afield. Every day there’ll be things to read, videos to watch and of course experiments for you to do at home!

As ever, the Midlothian Science Festival is all about sharing science with people in Midlothian, and we need your help! Spread the news, follow the Festival on Twitter and Facebook, share our posts and most importantly. tag us on social media and add your pictures to let us know what you’re enjoying about Midlothian Science Festival 2020.

Find us on Twitter @MidlothSciFest and on Facebook @MidlothianScienceFestival and tag us using #MSFonline


Image (c) Edinburgh University

Take a virtual tour of a selection of buildings at the University of Edinburgh’s Easter Bush Campus, home of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and its animal hospitals, the Roslin Institute and the Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre. do

Easter Bush Tour


sleeping sickness

Image (c) Wellcome Centre for Integrative Parasitology, Glasgow

Scientists at the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Parasitology at the University of Glasgow study all kinds of parasites. Find out more in “Sleeping Sickness”, the second in their series of comics that tell the story behind the science. read

Sleeping Sickness Comic


hercules Check out the first in a series of short videos from the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh about the constellations in our night sky. Today’s video explores the constellation Hercules – look out for a new video each day. watch

Hercules Star Guide

parkinsons disease

Image (c)

Watch Prof. Perdita Barran from the University of Manchester answer questions about her life and career in science, and give a short talk that includes the story of how her work in chemistry led her to discover a surprising new tool for diagnosing Parkinson’s Disease (with a local connection!). watch

Parkinsons Research

heart Colouring in isn’t just for kids! The Royal College of Pathologists have created detailed artworks of a life-sized human heart for you to download, print out and colour in. And if you want to learn more about how your heart works, check out their time-lapse colouring video. do

Heart Colouring


crafts Feeling crafty? There’s something for everyone in this collection of hands-on craft activity ideas from the Manchester Museum. do

Craft Activities


projector Our friends at STEAM Experiments have put together lots of experiments that you can try at home. They have also provided links to the science behind the experiments, to make the activities suitable for all ages.

Today, try making a projector out of your smartphone!


Make your own projector


silesian talk psychology We’ve partnered with our friends at the Silesian Science Festival in Poland to bring the first ever international content to our festival.

You can enjoy today’s video CZY CZŁOWIEK JEST ZŁY? (ARE HUMANS EVIL?) in Polish, or use the English subtitles – it explores famous psychological experiments and how many of them were manipulated.


Are Humans Evil


global bird weekend This weekend 17th/18th October is Global Bird Weekend. Whether you’re an experienced twitcher, or new to birdwatching, this is a great chance to join in with other birdwatchers across the world who will be out spotting birds and sharing what they’ve seen with the global community.There are also live Bird Watching events taking place on Facebook, so check out the Global Bird Weekend social media pages for updates! do

Global Bird Weekend


river The October break is a great time to get exploring in the outdoors, Scottish weather permitting! Check out River Adventurer from our friends at Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh’s Science Centre, which is full of family-friendly facts about rivers and activities to do at home and outdoors. do

River Adventurer


You can also book live shows for the week here

See previous days here


Author: Ken

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