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Saturday Science Live events within Wellgate Shopping Centre

Posted onJuly 21, 2014

Saturday Science Live events within Wellgate Shopping Centre

Saturday Science Live events within Wellgate Shopping Centre

Shopping with a difference launches off in Dundee this weekend (Saturday 26 July 2014).

Dundee Science Centre is kicking off its free, monthly ‘Saturday Science LIVE’ events within Wellgate Shopping Centre, with a host of exciting, hands-on activities and workshops aimed at both adults and children. The events will take place on the last Saturday of every month.

Wellgate will come to life with bespoke and exciting family-friendly science activities, encompassing a range of diverse themes – such as fingerprints, sports and health. With the Commonwealth Games fast approaching, shoppers can be quick off the block to explore health, well-being and fitness themes, while a CSI-themed workshop will help visitors discover more about fingerprints and real-life forensics. There will also be an array of fun science experiments which can be replicated at home with everyday household items.

Rebecca Erskine, Exhibitions and Community Engagement Manager said, “We are really excited to be launching this new venture within Wellgate Shopping Centre. As a community resource, we are eager to open up our activities, demos and experiments to people of all ages and backgrounds, and into different environments, helping them explore, experiment and discover the wonders of the world around them. The package of workshops we are pulling together will truly inspire, intrigue and entertain visitors of all ages. Come on in and add even more variety and excitement to your day in town!”

As well as the general public, Dundee Science Centre’s Science Learning team also seek to involve retailers and local researchers in the new venture, tapping into local retailers’ expertise to showcase the science behind their products, from perfume and books to food and vitamin supplements.

Jon Walton, Centre Manager said, “I am delighted, on behalf of all the team here at Wellgate, to introduce ‘Saturday Science LIVE’ to our shopping centre. We like to offer our customers plenty of fun and entertainment when they come shopping, and Dundee Science Centre will certainly add that! I do hope that customers enjoy the interactive events and can also provide us with feedback as to other sorts of exciting science events they would like to see.”

The first ‘Saturday Science LIVE’ will take place on Saturday 26 July 2014 between 1pm and 4pm.

 

Polar Explorers tell an Antarctic Tale

Posted onJuly 10, 2014

Polar Explorers tell an Antarctic Tale

Polar Explorers tell an Antarctic Tale

As the temperatures rise in Dundee, some local Biology students are to give an insight into their recent expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula and Polar Circle!

To coincide with Dundee Science Centre’s brand new exhibition, Ice Station Antarctica, a programme of ‘Meet the Expert’ events will give visitors the chance to hear some real-life, first-hand stories about this bitterly cold, yet beautiful part of the world.

In March 2014, 13 Biology students from the University of St Andrews embarked on an educational expedition to the Antarctic Peninsula and the Polar Circle to study the marine mammals and sea birds of the Southern Ocean.

Talks and drop-in activities will focus on everything from the many different seal species unique to Antarctica, and how to tell them apart, to the different whale and dolphin species encountered by the expeditioners on their recent trip to the Antarctic Peninsula.

The events, revealing the students’ research and experiences, will be held this weekend, on Saturday 12 July, continuing on Saturday 19 and Saturday 26 July 2014.  Running from 10.30-12.30pm on each of the Saturdays, the events are included as part of normal admission.

Ice Station Antarctica, which runs until Tuesday 30 September 2014, has seen the Centre transformed into an amazing Antarctic exploration.  The family exhibition is making its first public outing in the UK since its presence in London’s Natural History Museum.

Dundee Science Centre is open daily from 10am-5pm. For further information, please telephone 01382 228800 or visit www.dundeesciencecentre.org.uk

Where did those huskies come from ?

Posted onJuly 2, 2014

Where did those huskies come from ?

Where did those huskies come from ?

A pack of huskies is an unusual sight running around Dundee Science Centre. They were there as part of the launch of Ice Station Antarctica on monday. But where did this pack of huskies come from ? We spoke to Sandy MacKenzie the owner and trainer of the husky pack. On the day we met four of his huskies but as he explained they are part of a pack of eleven !

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Ice Station huskies for summer exhibition launch

Posted onJune 30, 2014

Ice Station huskies for summer exhibition launch

Ice Station huskies for summer exhibition launch

Four huskies from Cabarfeidh Huskies (Dundee) Polo, Max, Zeus and Jet were among the first to sample ‘Ice Station Antarctica’, Dundee Science Centre’s brand new exhibition, which will run from Monday 30 June through to Tuesday 30 September 2014.

The family exhibition, which will see the Centre transformed into an amazing Antarctic exploration, is making its first public outing in the UK since its presence in London’s Natural History Museum.

Antarctica is the coldest, windiest and most remote continent on this planet.  While terrifying, it is also beautiful.  There is no doubt that it takes a brave and tough person to live and work out here.  In this exhibition, visitors will brave a variety of Antarctic challenges, from coping in sub-zero temperatures and testing out a replica base station, to riding a snowmobile.  As well as exploring the skills it takes to work in and preserve this frozen wilderness, a series of mini-environments will help visitors to learn about and explore this unique continent.

Through video footage, an amazing cold room to replicate the extremes of Antarctica and authentic and life-saving Antarctic clothing, the exhibition brings the region to life – from its wildlife, living and working conditions and scientific research taking place there, to its sheer, breath-taking beauty.

Louise Smith, Chief Executive, Dundee Science Centre said, “At Ice Station Antarctica, we will really see who’s got what it takes to brave Antarctica.  Every year, hundreds of scientists and their support team of experts travel to Antarctica, braving the harshest of conditions and freezing temperatures in order to carry out crucial research and we are delighted to be opening up this incredible, treacherous world to our visitors, exploring whether they could survive the cold, live with wild animals, dive under sea ice and even camp out in this part of the World!”

Ice Station Antarctica was developed by the Natural History Museum in partnership with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).

Dundee Science Centre and Discovery Point have teamed up to bring visitors the Antarctic adventure of a lifetime.  The Antarctic Explorer Pass allows entry to both venues – with over 20% saving on cost:  Adult £12.50 (normal cost £16), child £8.50 (normal cost £10.50) or concession £9.50 (normal cost £12).  The pass can be purchased at either venue and will be stamped at each destination.

Dundee Science Centre is open daily from 10am-5pm. For further information, please telephone 01382 228800 or visit www.dundeesciencecentre.org.uk.

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More from the launch

Huskies star attraction of Ice Station Antarctica

Filming the launch of Ice Station Antarctica

Filming the launch of Ice Station Antarctica

Posted onJune 30, 2014

Filming the launch of Ice Station Antarctica

Filming the launch of Ice Station Antarctica

Filming this afternoon for the launch of Ice Station Antarctica at Dundee Science Centre. Jennifer (left) and Rebecca are telling us about the summer exhibition closely watched it seems by the husky in the background. The video will be on line later – includes four huskies and a penguin !

 

 

 

 

More from the launch

Huskies star attraction of Ice Station Antarctica

Ice Station huskies for summer exhibition launch

Huskies star attraction of Ice Station Antarctica

Posted onJune 30, 2014

Huskies star attraction of Ice Station Antarctica

 

husky kids

Just been filming at Dundee Science Centre for the opening of their Ice Station Antarctica summer exhibition but clearly the stars of the show were the huskies which were popular with the children. The video from the science centre will follow later.

 

 

 

 

 

More from the launch

Ice Station huskies for summer exhibition launch

Filming the launch of Ice Station Antarctica

Success of Fife Science Festival

Posted onJune 10, 2014

Success of Fife Science Festival

Success of Fife Science Festival

This year’s Fife Science Festival has been hailed a ‘showstopping success’, after audience figures showed a 200% + increase in visitors compared to last year!

The event, which took place throughout the Kingdom in March 2014, explored science through a host of events, activities and exhibitions within a total of 29 venues.  Over 14,000 visitors flocked to the 32 different events, a 219% increase on the 2013 event.

 

Organisations wishing to take part in next year’s festival will be able to submit their event proposals from the end of July onwards.

The festival, which is coordinated by Dundee Science Centre, highlighted the sheer fun, fascination and intrigue of everything from rockets and robots to WW1 communications, astronomy, crystals, forensics and creepy crawlies.  With 25% more events held this year compared to last, the festival involved 35 partner organisations, including museums, shopping centres and universities, not to mention a coffee shop, castle and cathedral!

Funded by The Scottish Government and Fife Cultural Trust, the festival involved a diverse range of free events for the general public and both primary and secondary schools, all coordinated by Dundee Science Centre and Fife Cultural Trust.

After receiving a record number of event proposals, Dundee Science Centre is currently in the process of creating a packed, varied and exciting programme for Dundee Science Festival, which will run from Saturday 1 through to Sunday 16 November 2014.

Laura Wilkie, Festivals and Community Engagement Manager, Dundee Science said, “We are absolutely thrilled at the success of this year’s Fife Science Festival which incorporated a cracking line-up of activities, events and exhibitions.  With a number of new partners involved, it was great to bring the festival experience into new areas of Fife, as well as branching into new venues.  With our focus currently shifting to Dundee Science Festival, we will look forward to returning to Fife next Spring with, undoubtedly, another amazing festival full of fun, surprises and intrigue!”

Dundee Science Centre summer 2014 exhibition

Posted onJune 9, 2014

Dundee Science Centre summer 2014 exhibition

Dundee Science Centre summer 2014 exhibition

Dundee Science Centre has announced its Summer 2014 exhibition will be Ice Station Antarctica.

Monday 30th June to Tuesday 30th September open 10am – 5pm daily

Antarctica is the coldest, windiest and most remote place on Earth.  It takes an amazing person to work there – could that be you?  Challenge yourself to survive the extreme conditions faced by scientists researching this fragile continent at Dundee Science Centre’s new family blockbuster experience, Ice Station Antarctica.

Enlist as an ice cadet and, under the guidance of the Ice Station Commander, brave a variety of exciting Antarctic challenges, from coping in sub-zero temperatures to riding a snowmobile.  Explore the skills it takes to work in and preserve this frozen wilderness as you journey through the Ice Station Antarctica experience.

Could you camp on the ice, live with wild animals and survive the cold in Antarctica?

Could you dive under sea ice, drive a snowmobile and spend two months in the dark?

Become an Antarctic expert as you experience this unmissable, hands-on exhibition.  Developed by the Natural History Museum, in partnership with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), and staged for the first time ever in UK, outside of London.

The exhibition opens on Monday 30th June 2014 and more details will follow.

Until then here’s 25 things you might not know about Antarctica

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Dundonians urged ditch the car and walk

Posted onJune 5, 2014

Dundonians urged ditch the car and walk

Dundonians urged ditch the car and walk

NOT FAR? LEAVE THE CAR!

A national roadshow, encouraging people to ditch their cars in exchange for walking or cycling, will park at Dundee Science Centre this week.

On Friday 6 June 2014, the Scottish Government’s Greener Active Travel Road Show will be based within the Centre, encouraging people to make a pledge with their footprint to walk or cycle shorter distances instead of driving.

‘Not far? Leave the car’ is the message of this nationwide roadshow to encourage Scots to help combat the environmental impact of shorter car journeys.  One in three journeys taken in Scotland is less than two miles so, by breaking the car habit, obvious benefits are generated for people’s health and the environment.

The roadshow can be viewed as part of normal admission to Dundee Science Centre.

Dundee Science Centre is open daily from 10am-5pm. For further information, please telephone 01382 228800 or visit www.dundeesciencecentre.org.uk

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Emperor penguin lost for six decades in Dundee

Posted onApril 22, 2014

Emperor penguin lost for six decades in Dundee

Emperor penguin lost for six decades in Dundee

Emperor penguin lost for six decades in Dundee

A long-lost penguin, which has finally returned home after more than six decades, came face-to-face with its human-sized counterpart in Dundee.

The huge Dundee Science Centre penguin paid a visit to the University of Dundee’s D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum to meet the long-lost Emperor penguin which was recently discovered after leaving its original home six decades ago.

The cheeky and appealing penguin, which had waddled up from Dundee Science Centre, was eager to spread the word about the blockbuster exhibition heading to the Centre this Summer.  ‘Ice Station Antarctica’ is being brought to Dundee direct from the Natural History Museum, London (first time outside of London, in the UK) and will be open to visitors from July through to September 2014.

The stuffed Emperor penguin was misplaced after D’Arcy Thompson’s original museum was demolished in the 1950s but was recently discovered at the McManus collections Unit in Barrack Street, where conservation work was carried out to have it brought back to life, fit for viewing in its new home in the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum.

Linda Leuchars, Head of Science Learning and Public Engagement, Dundee Science Centre said, “With our fantastic and highly interactive ‘Ice Station Antarctica’ exhibition just a few months away, we thought these penguins, both Emperors, should be friends! The chilly continent of Antarctica will be making an icy impact on Dundee and penguins will play a key role in that story so we’ll be hoping that our many visiting ice cadets will learn more about them, and discover whether, like penguins, they could survive the extreme conditions faced by scientists researching this fragile environment.

Visitors to Dundee Science Centre will be able to spend a day exploring Antarctica and experience the contrast of life as a modern explorer at ‘Ice Station Antarctica’ with life as a polar explorer of the ‘Heroic Age of Exploration’ at Discovery Point with a specially discounted joint ticket being introduced from July through to September.

Meanwhile, on Friday 25 April, ‘World Penguin Day’, Matthew Jarron, Curator of Museum Services at the University of Dundee will be discussing the importance of the ‘two stuffed penguins’ in the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum, one presented by legendary explorer Ernest Shackleton and the one recently re-discovered and re-displayed, which it is now thought might be one of the earliest emperor penguins to reach the UK.

The event, part of a series of lunchtime talks marking the 20th anniversary of the University’s public museum service, will take place in the main Museum Services building, Hawkhill House, 5 Hawkhill Place, Dundee at 1.15pm. There is no need to book but space is limited.

Dundee Science Centre is open daily from 10am-5pm. For further information, please telephone 01382 228800 or visit www.dundeesciencecentre.org.uk.


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