Day 6 Thursday 22nd

Welcome to Day Six 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 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 density. 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 -Density


5pmreserve place

fun scientist

The Fun Scientists second show is today at 5pm and is all about the science of sound energy.

Follow the link to book your free place, and check out the equipment list (all household items) if you want to take part at home.


Fun Scientists – Sound Energy


more milk zuri comic Today’s story is “More Milk Zuri”, a comic about a cow in Kenya called Zuri, who wants to provide more milk for the children in her village. Read along to find out how a wise farmer and a scientist help her to choose the best husband. read

More Milk Zuri Comic


hercules Today’s stargazing video from the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh is all about the Plough.

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


The Plough Star Guide

brain Meet Prof Dame Nancy Rothwell, Professor of Physiology and President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester, who talks about her research into how strokes affect the brain, and about her life and career in science. watch

Neurosurgery of Stroke


bee Starting today, we have a new series of videos about beekeeping from Midlothian’s own Newbattle Beekeepers. Today’s episode is a short history of beekeeping. watch

History of Bee Keeping


Today is our final contribution from the Scottish Seabird Centre, who have rounded up all of the activities we’ve featured so far, and more, in a new padlet “The Science and Art of Birdwatching”.

Take a look and don’t forget to share your birdwatching adventures @SeabirdCentre @MidlothiSciFest #MSFonline


Science & Art of Birdwatching


Take a virtual tour of the MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM) on the Western General Campus of the University of Edinburgh, through a selection of 15 videos. watch



corona virus Colour-In Coronavirus – Learn about the virus we are all fighting with this colouring-in collection from the British Society of Immunology.

You can print out and colour the images, or open them on a computer or tablet and colour them in using Paint or a similar application. Share your artworks using #MSFonline



Colour In Coronavirus


flowers 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 experiments are about plants and colour. Investigate – does the colour of light affect plant growth? And try an art with science project


Colour of Light

Coloured Flower Art


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

Today’s first video BLIŻEJ LUDZI CZYLI MÓW PROSTO (CLOSER TO PEOPLE, OR TALK STRAIGHT) is about how scientists should communicate with “ordinary people” and why they have to do it better. This is something very important to our contributors here at MSF.

Today’s second video UCIECZKA OD NAUKI (ESCAPE FROM SCIENCE) features two outstanding Polish humanists talking about the role of humanities in the sciences, and discussing  why people are afraid of science, progress and technology.


Science Communication

Escape From Science

Instructions for Subtitles

You may need to adjust the subtitles on these videos




plant Too much screen time this October break? Get outdoor exploring and observing plant life with this resource from Manchester Museum.

To help with your activities there are links to the notebook and how to make it: notebook      Instructions for notebook 



Outdoor Explorer Plants



rainbow Today’s activities created by Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh’s Science Centre will help you to spot animal homes in the great outdoors, and to make rainbows back at home! do

Animal Homes



Don’t forget you can see and book all of 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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