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Top marks for Dundee Science Centre !

Posted onMarch 11, 2012

Top marks for Dundee Science Centre !

Top marks for Dundee Science Centre !

Dundee Science Centre is celebrating a new report which supports and endorses its input into Scotland’s education system.

The Science and Engineering Education Advisory Group’s (SEEAG) report outlines a range of recommendations for Government, and its partners, to improve the profile of science in the community. The report focuses on the economic importance of science, engineering and technology to Scotland, stating that ‘the importance of young people continuing science subjects cannot be overestimated – science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) underpin our economy.’

One of the recommendations within the report – ‘Supporting Scotland’s STEM Education and Culture’ (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) – is for Scottish schools to benefit from an annual visit to a science centre or science festival, as well as having input from a STEM Ambassador.   The report also states that the outreach role of the science centres is as important as their in-reach role.

Dundee Science Centre’s Science Learning Institute (SLI) was also singled out as an example of ‘best practice’ within the report’s reference to science centres forging links with local and regional teaching communities.

Welcoming the report, Hannah Crookes, Director of Science Learning and Public Engagement commented, “Just days after the Scottish Government confirmed that it would continue to fund science centres and festivals from 2012-2015, we are digesting and welcoming the contents of this new report.  The report states that the combined provision of science centres and festivals in Scotland is clearly by far the best national provision within the British Isles. Here in Dundee, we are actively helping every primary and secondary school to engage with us, and make use of our support. This could be via a visit to, or from, Dundee Science Centre itself, through teachers enjoying courses within our Science Learning Institute, or through our Dundee and Fife Science Festivals.

“Despite our permanent base here in Dundee, which people can visit 362 days a year, we also recognise that some visitors find it harder to reach us for one reason or another. Therefore, by providing subsidised visits and travel assistance, we provide fantastic outreach facilities where we take our activities and resources to schools. We are currently engaging with 80% of all schools in the Dundee area – we want to make that 100%.”

The report also recommends that the Office of the Chief Scientific Advisor work with the Scottish Science Centre Network and the University of the Highlands and Islands to establish a network of regional STEM engagement hubs.

Hannah added, “We have four fantastic science centres within the North East of Scotland and Central Belt but none in the Highlands. The report is recommending that the Scottish Science Centre Network work closely with the University of the Highlands and Islands to focus on new initiatives and we would very much welcome the opportunity to take this forward.”

In order to ensure the ongoing provision of a ‘high quality product’, the report also recommends that Scotland’s major public science engagement providers undergo four-yearly reviews by Education Scotland.

Hannah continued, “In order to provide the best possible service, it’s essential that science centres are inspected and given guidance and recommendations for improvement. We do not view ourselves as an add-on to the Scottish education system but a key part of it and, by working in partnership with teachers and other professionals, we can continue to enrich the curriculum, inspire learners and provide the best opportunities for the next generation.”

SEEAG was established to oversee the delivery of Science and Engineering 21 – An action plan for education, announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning in March 2010.

The report can viewed in full at - http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2012/02/4589

Mad Scientists Dance Extravaganza

Posted onNovember 12, 2011

Mad Scientists Dance Extravaganza

Mad Scientists Dance Extravaganza

The physics of dance will be explored during Dundee Science Festival workshops for children.

Dundee-based dance company Smallpetitklein is running free, fun and interactive dance and theatre workshops, taking children on a journey through a scientist’s laboratory, exploring experiments and their effects.

The ‘Well Good: Interactive Dance Experience’, is a playful exploration of the physics of the body through a short professional performance and workshop aimed at primary 4-7 children.

The workshops will be led by Jo Ricketts and Yolanda Aguilar, two experienced tutors and performers with dance and drama backgrounds.

Yolanda, Learning and Development Manager with Smallpetitklein commented, “We are thrilled to be part of such a fantastic celebration of the world of science. As dance practitioners, we are well aware of the laws of physics applied to the human body and we feel the need to share this information with children in a playful way. There is not a more appropriate environment for this than Dundee Science Centre”

 

Family histories unravelled at Dundee Science Festival

Posted onNovember 10, 2011

Family histories unravelled at Dundee Science Festival

Family histories unravelled at Dundee Science Festival

People wishing to bring their family history to life have been offered a unique opportunity as part of Dundee Science Festival.

Dundee-based brightsolid, one of the country’s leading providers of world-class IT solutions, held an event aimed at helping people trace their family history. Experts gave talks throughout the day, helping people start their research and, ultimately, build a family tree.

Throughout the afternoon, the brightsolid team gave an insight into where to start a search,  the power of community to support a search, how to access the Scottish records, and the process of building an online family tree. One-to-one support was also available for those wishing to explore the online world of genealogy. The event took place at DC Thomson, Meadowside Counting House, Dundee.

A taste of France for Dundee restaurant

Posted onNovember 7, 2011

A taste of France for Dundee restaurant

A taste of France for Dundee restaurant

A continental cultural event regularly held within French eateries is heading to Dundee as part of Dundee Science Festival.

Bon Appetit is holding Café Philosophie de Science on both Saturday 5 and 12 November 2011. Café Philosophie is a well-established social, gourmet and intellectual event in many French cities.

 The cafe will be officially opened on 5 November by Dr Beth Lord, Philosophy Lecturer at the University of Dundee who will explore ‘God and Science’.

 The following Saturday, Professor Michael Wheeler from the University of Stirling will stimulate the neurons on a subject entitled “Human intelligence versus artificial intelligence – have the machines gone mad?”

 John Batchelor, Owner commented, “We are delighted to be taking part in Dundee Science Festival as science is such a major part of the city’s thriving economy and our modest contribution recognises this. Many Dundee scientists and their visitors from all around the world dine in Bon Appétit so we are doubly pleased to be participating and bringing a taste of the continent to our fabulous city.”

The Secret of Spice

Posted onNovember 4, 2011

The Secret of Spice

The Secret of Spice

As the weather gets increasingly colder, Dundee Science Festival is cooking up two hot events aimed at highlighting the medicinal benefits of everyday spices within our food.

Dundee International Women’s Centre (DIWC) is organising workshops for women, aimed at showcasing the value of spices and how to maximise their benefits in our diet.  Cooking and tasting sessions will demonstrate how some of the spices are used.

 Dana Dalziel, Project Coordinator said, “These events will be a fantastic opportunity not only to sample some spicy food but also to learn about the renowned health benefits of cooking with spices, and how to get the best out of them.”

The events, costing £3, will be held at DIWC, Unit 9, Manhattan Business Park, Dundonald Street, Dundee, DD3 7PY from 1-3pm on both Wednesday 2 and 9 November. To book, please telephone DIWC on 01382 462058.

Scalp Clinic for Dundee Science Festival

Posted onNovember 2, 2011

Scalp Clinic for Dundee Science Festival

Scalp Clinic for Dundee Science Festival

The Scalp Clinic at McIntyres Dundee provided a full analysis and diagnosis of hair and scalp in return for information about diet, ailments and medication.  The 20 minute sessions allowed people to get up close and personal with their scalp via the ‘scalp scope’. 

Salon owner Kay McIntyre said, “We are delighted to be involved in Dundee Science Festival and are looking forward to explaining the hard science behind hair, how it behaves and looks.  Great hair isn’t achieved by accident – it’s a combination of factors and basic science is definitely one of them!”

 Now in its third year, the fortnight-long Dundee Science Festival (Saturday 29 October – Sunday 13 November 2011) is set to explore the fun, excitement and relevance of science to all, with over 60 events,  twice as many as last year, more partners and a diverse range of over 25 venues.

The Science of Hair at Dundee Science Festival

Posted onNovember 1, 2011

The Science of Hair at Dundee Science Festival

Ever wondered why the sun lightens your hair, but darkens your skin?  And, it may look good, but is your hair healthy?

An award-winning hair salon provided a fascinating insight into our crowning glory during Dundee Science Festival.

McIntyres, home to Scottish Hairdresser of The Year, Kay McIntyre and recently-crowned Wella Trend Vision UK Colour Stylist of the Year Samantha Alloway, are held the first of two events last night  during the two-week celebration of science.

On Tuesday 1 November, between 6-7pm, experts explained why our hair behaves the way it does – from what causes split ends and why hair turns grey to why we have the hair colour that we do.

Icy Fun on Offer at Science Discovery Day

Posted onNovember 1, 2011

Icy Fun on Offer at Science Discovery Day

Icy Fun on Offer at Science Discovery Day

An event aimed at exploring the science behind Captain Scott’s remarkable expedition to Antarctica, and the research undertaken there today, is being offered during Dundee Science Festival.

Children visiting the Science Discovery Day at Discovery Point will have the chance to dress up as a polar explorer of Captain Scott’s time, find out what food rations were like 100 years ago, and even have a go at man-hauling a fully-loaded sledge! Those seeking a slightly more comfortable experience can try modern-day outfits and expedition rations courtesy of the British Antarctic Survey.

There will also be live webcam relays from the South Pole and other research stations to see what it is like in Antarctica right now, and the opportunity to investigate the rocks and climate of the world’s most extreme continent.

The drop-in event, which will run from 11am until 4pm on Saturday 5 November 2011, is free to children, £8 for adults and £6.25 for concessions.

Family Fun Day at Dundee Science Centre

Posted onNovember 1, 2011

Family Fun Day at Dundee Science Centre

Family Fun Day at Dundee Science Centre

The fun and excitement of science will be firmly under the spotlight this weekend (Sunday 30 October 2011), as Dundee Science Centre opens its doors to the public free of charge.

As part of Dundee Science Festival, which kicks off on Saturday 29 October, a free family fun day will be held from 10am until 3pm. A similar event will be held on Sunday 13 November, the final day of the fortnight-long celebration.

As well as exciting shows, hands-on workshops and interactive exhibits, visitors can enjoy a range of special activities with local scientists. Experts from the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews will be on hand, alongside those from Dundee Cancer Centre, with exhibits revolving around everything from the Sun and the oceans, to cancer prevention.

Alexandra Forrest, Festivals and Events Officers at Dundee Science Centre said, “Sunday will be a fantastic opportunity for locals, and those visiting Dundee, to explore the many exciting and relevant discoveries being made in this area, as well as enjoying the many activities within Dundee Science Centre itself”.

Now in its third year, Dundee Science Festival (Saturday 29 October – Sunday 13 November 2011) is set to explore the fun, excitement and relevance of science to all, with over 60 events,  twice as many as last year, more partners and a diverse range of over 25 venues.

Help find Dundee’s Champion Tree

Posted onOctober 26, 2011

Help find Dundee’s Champion Tree

Help find Dundee's Champion Tree

Does Dundee have a Champion Tree, the oldest or tallest in the city, and which is the Champion within the Botanic Garden? A new interactive workshop is being held as part of Dundee Science Festival to challenge both children and adults to explore just that through a variety of simple measurements. The free events will be held at Dundee Botanic Garden on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October (11am-12.30pm). The main database for trees in Britain and Ireland is ‘The Tree Register’ which includes records of around 150,000 trees. Although the Botanic Garden could not claim ownership of a UK Champion Tree, due to it being just 40 years old, it is home to trees from all over the world and will have its very own ‘champions’ within it. 

 Dr Neil Paterson, Education Officer, Botanic Garden said, “All of our trees are special but we’re inviting families along to help us determine the height and age of some of our finest trees to see if we have such a thing as a ‘Champion’ tree within our own gardens. We’ll also be giving an insight into trees in general, how they grow and survive, giving visitors an insight into some biology, horticulture and even maths.”

The events are free of charge but must be booked in advance – please telephone 01382 381190.

 Now in its third year, the fortnight-long Dundee Science Festival (Saturday 29 October – Sunday 13 November 2011) is set to explore the fun, excitement and relevance of science to all, with over 60 events,  twice as many as last year, more partners and a diverse range of over 25 venues.

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