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The Return of Jaws – Dundee Science Centre
The family event, which is part of Scottish Biodiversity Week, will be held at Dundee Science Centre on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May.
Recent summers have been flooded with apparent sightings of this iconic animal in our own Scottish waters. Visitors will get the chance to discover some new, interesting and curious facts about the Great White Shark and other Scottish sharks, and separate the fact from fiction.
A fascinating presentation will be brought to life by exhibits, specimens and learning resources from the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews, The McManus, The Shark Trust and the Scottish Shark Tagging Network. Younger visitors can make their very own shark tooth necklace to take home.
The shows will take place regularly throughout the day as part of normal admission. Booking on arrival is recommended.
Stuart Rogers, Science Learning Officer said, “Great White sharks are widely regarded as the apex predators of the seas and people are surprised to learn that recent summers have been flooded with apparent sightings of this iconic animal in our own Scottish waters. We’re presenting a 15 minute talk where we’ll explore just how credible these apparent sightings may be, and we’ll be getting our teeth into the facts and fiction of the Great White.”
Dundee Science Centre is open daily from 10am until 5pm. For more information, telephone 01382 228800 or visitwww.dundeesciencecentre.org.uk
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Sharks – Feel the Fear
The Great White Shark is set to spark fear and alarm at a free, adults-only shark night next week.
Sharks are the theme of the Reclaim event at Dundee Science Centre, with activities centred around the fear factor, shark attacks and the chance to sample a bloody cocktail created by local bar Tonic. A number of shark exhibits will also be on show, kindly donated by the Universities of St Andrews and Dundee, as well as The McManus, Dundee.
With a bar and music, Reclaim runs from 7-10pm and allows over-18s to enjoy Dundee Science Centre’s exhibitions, and a diverse range of other activities, in a new light.
Lewis Bryan, Science Learning Team Member said, “Fear is an interesting concept which teaches us to respect danger. However, fear can often become irrational. We’ll be exploring both the rational and irrational side of fear and, by using an Electroencephalograph(EEG) machine, will help the audience train their mind to calm down in stressful situations.”
In addition to the fear activity, a presentation will be given on the 18 species of shark which swim on the Scottish coast. Stuart Rogers, Science Learning Officer, will also give an insight into the Great White Shark, shark attacks and reported sightings of this remarkable and fearsome animal here in the UK.
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We’re on the Case! Easter Appeal to CSI Detectives
From Monday 2 until Sunday 15 April, CSI Detective workshops will reveal how police investigators identify fingerprint patterns and obtain vital evidence.
The workshop will begin with an entertaining story about Bob the Burglar where the audience will have to listen closely and try to remember what pieces of evidence the burglar left behind. The visitors will then get an opportunity to dust and lift a copy of their own fingerprint and learn all about the three different types of fingerprints and how to study and identify them.
Suitable for the whole family, activities will run regularly throughout the Easter break.
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Dundees low carbon future ?
Pupils from St John’s RC High School, Dundee celebrated the end of a unique design project at a prize-giving event at Dundee Science Centre.
The 180 S2 pupils have been journeying into the future to vision their own sustainable communities as part of a Green Communities project being run by Dundee Science Centre and Solar Cities Scotland.
The project has investigated where energy comes from, how and where it is used, and explores the carbon culprits that create the average Dundonian’s footprint – a rather weighty annual 17.2 tonnes. The pupils have worked in teams of six on a project spanning five months, culminating in a model, poster and report being presented to judges Cllr Jimmy Black (DCC Housing Convener), Dr Bill Lynch – Lecturer in Town Planning and Eddie Holmes – Representative from Coldside Forum.
The winners will be presented with solar powered torches.
Stuart Rogers, Science Learning Officer, Dundee Science Centre said, “Dundee Science Centre has been proud to be part of this exciting project, and we are delighted that we can now reward the school pupils’ creativity and hard work at today’s Green Communities prize giving ceremony. We have all been very impressed with the standard of the entries from the S2 pupils, and the thought they have given to designing energy efficient homes and communities for the future – the judges certainly had their work cut out!”
The pupils will also hear from two planning students from University of Dundee who have produced some designs for a Green Community in Dundee as part of their course.
This innovative task has been set by Solar Cities Scotland as part of its work to tackle Dundee’s carbon footprints through simple cost cutting actions and switching to sustainable energy. Working alongside the Dundee Science Centre they have guided pupils to explore Dundee’s and their own carbon footprint to help them focus on the biggest carbon emitters. Pupils have explored the structure and design of the green communities and undertaken simple changes in their behaviours to cut their own carbon emmisions. Since the projects start in October the students have saved around 22 tonnes of carbon through undertaking 6 simple actions such as closing doors to keep the heat in and turning off equipment when not in use.
The pupils “plans for a green future” may also help the community decide on its priorities as Alistair Macleod from Solar Cities Scotland explained. “The students from St John’s have been set a challenging but fun task to work together harnessing knowledge and ideas about how they may live, work, and travel and eat in their green community. Their ideas will be looked at carefully not only by the panel of judges but also by the local forums and community planning structures. In that way their fresh ideas have an opportunity to be taken forward and shape futures”
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BUBBLE MONSTER UNLEASHED AT DUNDEE SCIENCE CENTRE
A ‘bubble monster’ will be unleashed at Dundee Science Centre’s ‘adults-only’ night this week.
The Reclaim event, on Wednesday 8 February 2012, which is free of charge, gives adults the chance to reclaim the Science Centre from younger visitors.
An ice show will involve several spectacular experiments using -196 degree liquid nitrogen to demonstrate the three states of matter. The science learning team will make crisp cans pop, bananas bash in nails and turn washing up liquid into a fearsome bubble monster.
Visitors will also get the chance to get down, get dirty and dig up a replica dinosaur skeleton at Dinodig, learn some curious facts and identify the species of dinosaur unearthed on the night!
With a bar and music, Reclaim runs from 7-10pm and allows visitors to enjoy Dundee Science Centre’s exhibitions, and a diverse range of other activities, in a new light.
Stuart Rogers, Science Learning Officer, “It’s not often that adults get the chance to be a child for the night! We’re inviting adults along for a night of pure fun and laughter with our fantastic ice show, generating some serious and curious entertainment and all accompanied by music, socialising, laughter and a bar!”
mini-palaeontologists go digging for dinosaurs
Young visitors to Dundee Science Centre can become mini-palaeontologists by digging up a replica dinosaur skeleton.
Dinodig, which opens to the public on Saturday 28 January, will also teach children how dinosaurs became fossilised and what different parts of its skeleton were used for. The final challenge is to identify the species of dinosaur they uncover.
Suitable for children aged 3 and over, the activity runs for 30 minutes – at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on weekdays, with extra slots during the weekends.
Stuart Rogers, Science Learning Officer said, “Dinosaurs never fail to excite and enthuse our visitors, regardless of their age. Dinodig is a great chance for children to have great fun getting stuck into the sand to uncover our replica dinosaur, while discovering more about these fascinating creatures.”
The science behind snowflakes
In the absence of the real thing, Dundee Science Centre is giving a cool insight into snowflakes this winter.
The first of three winter workshops is being held on Christmas Eve, with an icy investigation into the science of these remarkable structures and how their beautiful intricate patterns are created, quite literally, out of thin air.
As well as a talk with exciting demos and hands-on activities, children will be given the chance to make their own paper snowflakes. A short planetarium demo will also be given as part of the workshop.
Stuart Rogers, Science Learning Officer explained, “A chunk of ice is almost clear, yet a chunk of compacted snow appears white. We will be explaining why this is, why snowflakes look the way they do, and why they vary so significantly in terms of their patterns.”
The 30 minute workshops will be held at 11am, 1pm and 2pm on Saturday 24th December and at 11am, 1pm and 3pm on Wednesday 28thand Thursday 29th of December, and are free with standard admission.
Visitors can book ahead if they want to ensure a place at one of the workshops, as numbers will be limited.
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