Day 3 Monday 19th

Welcome to Day Three 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!

Today we have two special live events at 2pm and 5pm (book your free place using the links below) as well as a selection of activities to do at any time.

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

2pm reserve place

fun scientist

Each year the Fun Scientists support our festival with their fun family science shows. This year we’re delighted to announce that they’re taking their shows online, with two new shows each day until Saturday!

Today’s 2pm show is all about the science of balancing and centres of gravity. Follow the link to book your free place, and if you want to take part at home, check out the short equipment list (all household items).


Fun Scientists – Centre of Gravity


5pm reserve place

fun scientist

The Fun Scientists second show is today at 5pm and is all about chemistry in the kitchen. Follow the link to book your free place, and check the equipment list (all household items) if you want to take part in your kitchen! do

Fun Scientists – Kitchen Chemistry



Image (c) Wellcome Centre for Parasitology, Glasgow

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

Toxoplasmosis Comic


hercules Today’s short video from the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh is all about the constellation Orion.

This is the second in a series of videos about the constellations in our night sky  – look out for a new video each day.


Orion Star Guide

blueprints Meet Professor Danielle (Dan) George, an engineer at the University of Manchester who develops tools for radio telescopes that help astronomers to detect signals from far away in outer space. Hear about her work with NASA and the European Space Agency, and what it’s like to be an engineer. watch

Engineering for Science Discovery

origami Would you like to find a bit of peace and calm in your day today? Try “Made with gLove”, a collection of simple origami activities designed to increase your wellbeing.

They are part of Origami Pulse, led by Dr Lizzie Burns, a researcher in Oxford who is passionate about linking art and science – read more about the project here.




ladybird Outdoor Explorer Observing mini beasts created by Manchester University do





hydraulic lift 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’s video shows you how to make your own hydraulic lift.


Hydraulic Lift


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

Today’s video PRZYGODY PRZY STOLE (ADVENTURES AT THE TABLE) is a short history of Polish cuisine and food from other parts of the world. Watch in Polish, or with English subtitles.


Polish Food


bird flight Learn all about the science of flight with a fun investigation from the Scottish Seabird Centre.

How do birds fly? Experiment with different paper aeroplane wing designs to test it out for yourself!



Bird Flight



moon Today’s activities from Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh’s Science Centre, will take you out of this world and into space. Learn about the science of astrobiology, and find out about distances in space, with activities you can try at home. do


How Far is the Moon


maths Fun with Maths – Play the game with maths researcher Dr Francesca Iezzi of the University of Edinburgh do

Fun with Maths

Don’t forget you can also book our free online live shows for the week here

Missed a day? No problem! See all of our festival content so far here

Author: Ken

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