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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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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 !

 

 

 

 

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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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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.

Dundee Science Centre Easter Events

Posted onApril 10, 2014

Dundee Science Centre Easter Events

How do you define ‘health’ and ‘exercise’? Two family events, featuring local experts, will descend on Dundee Science Centre this week (Friday 11 and Saturday 12 April) to give us the facts on keeping fit and healthy.

On Friday 11 April 2014, Louise Johnstone, the personal trainer behind Dundee-based ‘Louise’s PT-4-U’ will give a passionate and interactive talk about turning people’s lives around, with the chance for both adults and children to explore different ways of upping their fitness, from running to obstacle races!  Louise will be at the Centre from midday until 3pm, with her talk taking place at 1.30pm.

Meanwhile, Saturday 12 April will see scientists from the Division of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Abertay University dispel the myths surrounding health and fitness, and separate fact from fiction.  They will be giving a short talk at 1.30pm, after which visitors can ask questions and receive advice.

Both ‘Meet the Expert’ sessions are part of Dundee Science Centre’s energetic Easter event, ‘Speed, Strength, Stamina’ where visitors can explore everything from how top athletes prepare for the challenges of a lifetime to what a weightlifter eats for breakfast!

The exciting and interactive show, which is being held in conjunction with Abertay University’s Sports Sciences Department and Dundee Academy of Sport, will run until Tuesday 22 April 2014.

With a high-energy, 30-minute show running regularly throughout the day, and a challenge-filled, drop-in sports zone, ‘Speed, Strength, Stamina’ is ideal for a family audience and is included as part of normal admission.

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

Magnificent Microbes was the presenter trying to keep a straight face ?

Posted onMarch 14, 2014

Magnificent Microbes was the presenter trying to keep a straight face ?

Magnificent Microbes was the presenter trying to keep a straight face ?

The world of germs will be brought to life at Dundee Science Centre this weekend.

Led by members of the Division of Molecular Microbiology, University of Dundee, ‘Magnificent Microbes’ will allow visitors on Saturday 15 March 2014 to get hands-on with microbiology-themed experiments and games, including the chance to grow common microbes in a petri dish.  Soft toy microbes will also be available for sale in the Dundee Science Centre shop!

Magnificent Microbes is an event led by Dr Nicola Stanley-Wall and her University colleagues who are keen to inform the public about how necessary microbes – often called germs – are to our lives, as well as the important research into them taking place at the University. Although most microbes are invisible to the naked eye, our bodies contain millions of them, they help shape our environment, and we use them without knowing it every day. 

The event will run from 10am until 4pm – normal entry costs apply.

Magnificent Microbes first ran in 2010, and is now being expanded to include even more public engagement and education opportunities, including continuous professional development workshops for teachers, school visits and a celebration event at the University on May 6th.

Visitors will be able to take part in a range of interactive activities, talk to experts from the University, and view the exhibitions on display.

Dr Stanley-Wall said, “Members of Molecular Microbiology are excited to participate in Magnificent Microbes 2014. We are particularly looking forward to extended interactions with the school children and being able to interact with a broad range of community groups from the local area. People don’t realise how broad the range of functions are that microbes play a role in. Microbes are used to make a massive range of food and drink products, for instance, and we aim to use them to demonstrate to our visitors what microbiology is. We aim to appeal to visitors, young and old, and hopefully encourage some of the youngsters to consider a career in science.”

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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Skynight at Dundee Science Centre

Posted onMarch 6, 2014

Skynight at Dundee Science Centre

Skynight at Dundee Science Centre

STAR-STUDDED FINALE TO NATIONAL ASTRONOMY WEEK!

The wonders of the skies above will be brought to life in Dundee this weekend, with the chance to go Moon-watching and hear from some high profile ‘spacemen,’ including a NASA mystery guest speaker!

‘Skynight’ will take place at Dundee Science Centre between 5 and 8pm on Saturday 8 March 2014, with talks from astronomy and space experts and opportunities for the public to directly observe the Moon.

Skynight is being delivered in partnership between with Dundee Astronomical Society, Liftport Group, and the Discovery, Science, Engineering and Arts Group.

Fittingly, March 8th is the last day of National Astronomy Week, and also an excellent day for direct Moon observation.

Five large telescopes and binoculars will available to visitors throughout the evening, manned by experts from Dundee Astronomomical Society. Dundee Science Centre’s exhibitions will also be open, with drop-in Solar System discussions, Mindball, and live ‘Science on the Spot’ shows.

Specifically, at 5.30pm, there will be a lively and futuristic interaction with Michael Laine of Liftport. This will be take place via weblink, with the public taking part in a discussion about his plans to create a lunar space elevator, as well as the infrastructure involved, and associated benefits. For over 100 years, the pinnacle achievement in space development has been the proposed ‘Space Elevator’ and, although that remains a futuristic development, Mr Laine’s company is in the process of constructing a Lunar Space Elevator Infrastructure which will serve as an essential precursor technology.

Then, from 6-7.30pm, Dundee Astronomical Society members will be available to discuss various aspects of astronomy, including the history of the moon. Finally, at 7.30pm, there will be a second talk given by weblink. This will be delivered by a NASA Mystery Guest Speaker whose identity will be revealed on the night.

The evening will be subject to normal Dundee Science Centre entry costs, and will be free to members. Group packages are available.

For more Information on National Astronomy Week, please visit http://www.astronomyweek.org.uk/.

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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Launch of bigger and better Fife Science Festival 2014

Posted onFebruary 25, 2014

Launch of bigger and better Fife Science Festival 2014

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Launch of bigger and better Fife Science Festival 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With just weeks until its kick off, Fife Science Festival will be stretching the definition of ‘science’ in the extreme, highlighting the sheer fun, fascination and intrigue of everything from rockets and robots to WW1 communications, astronomy, crystals, forensics and creepy crawlies.

With exciting, colourful and inspirational activities cropping up in a host of weird and wonderful venues ranging from museums and shopping centres to schools, busy streets, a farmers’ market and a café, the festival will run from Friday 14 until Sunday 23 March 2014.

The programme was unveiled today at Rothes Halls in Glenrothes when Raytheon UK showcased their ‘elephant toothpaste experiment’, one of many to be demonstrated at the free ‘Rothes Halls Family Fun Day’ on Saturday 15 March 2014. With demonstrations and workshops from Raytheon UK, SCI-FUN Roadshow and the Museum of Communication, the family friendly event will be packed with science learning fun.

Funded by The Scottish Government and Fife Cultural Trust , the festival will involve 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.

Other festival highlights range from science busking in the streets of St Andrews and rocket-making at the Cupar farmers’ market, to an explosive look at medieval warfare at a Dunfermline community centre and a lively look at astronomy through the ages. Children can also learn how to be a scientist and explore forensics at Thornton Primary School, be wowed by some amazing experiments at Methil Heritage Centre, and make plastics fantastic at the Earthship Fife Visitor Centre in Kinghorn. The festival will also incorporate an impressive schools programme with topics on everything from medieval Construction and WW1 communications to lego, light and video game design!

As Laura Wilkie, Festivals and Community Engagement Manager at Dundee Science Centre explained, Fife Science Festival is for everyone – “We are delighted to be unveiling this year’s programme for Fife Science Festival, another cracking line-up of activities and events. With a number of new partners embracing this year’s event, not only is the festival reaching into new areas of Fife such as Anstruther and Methil but is branching into new venues, including places which you might not associate with science! With more events in schools, community and shopping centres and lots of full-day drop-in events, we’re really looking forward to bringing the festival to a wider audience, regardless of their age or interests. Browse through the programme, and get involved!”

Meanwhile, Heather Stuart, Chief Executive Officer, Fife Cultural Trust added, “Fife Science Festival adds to the diverse range of cultural opportunities which Fife Cultural Trust delivers with its key partners. The festival supports Fife Cultural Trust’s vision of making Fife a culturally vibrant and rewarding place to live, work or study.

The festival aims to celebrate science and to make it fun and accessible. The programme provides creative, entertaining and learning experiences that offer families across the Kingdom the opportunity to get out there and join in the many fun and engaging experiments. I would urge everyone to embrace the festival, get involved and have some serious fun in the process.”

For more information, please contact Laura Wilkie, Festivals and Community Engagement Manager, Dundee Science Centre on 01382 228800 or visit www.fifesciencefestival.org.uk


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