Just when you thought that winter was over, we have decided to bring the chill back to Edinburgh, with our ‘eggs-treme’ Easter Events. Throughout the school holidays we have all manner of ‘eggs-citing’ things happening - hands-on, interactive events about extreme environments and life at the limits in Earth’s Polar regions; our popular ‘Meet the Scientist’ opportunities and fascinating, drop-in activities which are fun for all the family.
From 1-16 April, young adventurers can learn about all about polar wildlife and see if they have what it takes to withstand the harsh climates of the Arctic regions and become the ultimate Polar Explorer! Plus, as part of our Creative Science Days, the fibre artist Ewa Kuniczak is returning by popular demand, laying on a multisensory experience for visitors who will be able to make their own polar wildlife art creation to take home.
On our special ‘Meet the Experts’ days, visitors will have the opportunity to talk to scientists at the forefront of Polar research and exploration. Discover how scientists live and work in the beautiful yet hostile Polar environments, and explore how their research is helping us understand and manage the changes and challenges they face. Their inspirational stories and the exciting activities on offer are bound to get your wee ones thinking like real explorers. Lucky visitors will even get the chance to become a drone pilot using a flight simulator!
We will also be welcoming scientists who are developing a new kind of virtual reality technology called ‘hybrid reality’ which mixes up real and virtual reality worlds. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and talk to these scientists and find out all about how it works, as well as meeting professionals from Energy Skills Partnership to discuss careers in the renewable energy sector. You can even experience their work for yourself, by conducting an inspection on the top of a wind turbine, all via the technology of a head-mounted virtual reality display!
Another new and exciting event we have this Easter is with our Rock Doctors - experts will be here with some fun, family-friendly activities, and genuine rock and fossil samples for visitors to examine. You can also take part in a 2.5km outdoor walk exploring the geology that makes Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) possible – places are limited so get more details and reserve your space here!
We are also examining a different kind of extreme environment as part of our programme - from the Poles to other Planets! Have you ever wondered if alien life could exist? Astrobiologists are scientists who study life in extreme environments on Earth to try to understand if life is therefore possible elsewhere in the universe, and what it would need to survive. We will be running Meet the Expert sessions with scientists who are researching the possibilities of life on other planets. Budding alien hunters can ask questions and take part in interesting hands-on activities, while our younger visitors can get creative and dream up their ultimate alien creature in our Creative Science sessions.
Check out our ‘What’s on’ guide for more information on all the dates & times for all our Easter and Science Festival Events. We hope to see you soon for some extreme holiday fun, which promises to be both in and out of this world!!