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For Dundee Science Festival 2020 we had an exciting range of 71 online and in-person events please see this programme for full details.

Learn more about some of the exciting events and participate in the online activities which remain online after the Dundee Science Festival 2020.

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A Changing Ocean in a Changing Climate

A Changing Ocean in a Changing Climate

Did you know, the ocean absorbs about 30% of the carbon dioxide that is released in the atmosphere? Find out how climate change is impacting the marine environment.

Sponsor: The Scottish Seabird Centre.

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A Game of Stones

A Game of Stones

Talks about space and geology delivered remotely via Zoom.

Sponsor: Birkbeck College.

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Amazing Anatomy, Fascinating Facts and Mind-Boggling Bodies

Amazing Anatomy, Fascinating Facts and Mind-Boggling Bodies

Study human anatomy and forensic science with active practitioners working and researching at the very top of their field.

Sponsor: Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification, School of Science and Engineering, University of Dundee.

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Animation for Science Communication

Animation for Science Communication

Discover how animation can be used as a form of science communication!

Sponsor: Dundee and Angus College.

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Ask Me Anything: Climate and Space

Ask Me Anything: Climate and Space

Staff and students at the University of St Andrews answers your questions about climate and space.

Sponsor: University of St Andrews.

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Ask Me Anything: Engineering and Technology

Ask Me Anything: Engineering and Technology

Staff and students at the University of St Andrews answers your questions about engineering and technology.

Sponsor: University of St Andrews.

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Ask Me Anything: Life Sciences and Human Biology

Ask Me Anything: Life Sciences and Human Biology

Staff and students at the University of St Andrews answers your questions about life sciences and human biology.

Sponsor: University of St Andrews.

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Being Human Festival: Destination Moon!

Being Human Festival: Destination Moon!

Join us online at the Dundee Science Centre for some exclusive space-themed recordings, such as how to make your own astro-crafts, pop-up performances and stories, and more.

Sponsor: Being Human Festival.

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Climate Change

Climate Change

The science is simple, the impacts are serious, the problem is solvable. Find out more with Dr James Rae.

Sponsor: GeoBus, University of St Andrews.

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Competition: Build Your Own Rube Goldberg Machine

Competition: Build Your Own Rube Goldberg Machine

Build Your Own Rube Goldberg Machine, enter our competition and you could win free tickets to visit the Dundee Science Centre.

Sponsor: Dundee Science Centre.

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Cool Chemistry

Cool Chemistry

Try your hand at some cool chemistry experiments you can do at home!

Sponsor: University of St Andrews.

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Corals and Ocean Acidification

Corals and Ocean Acidification

This is a video demonstration of how corals build the skeletons that make up reefs and how this process is affected by climate change.

Sponsor: GeoBus, University of St Andrews.

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Creating Captivating Cornflour

Creating Captivating Cornflour

Simply mixing water with cornflour will mesmerise you and your family!

Sponsor: Royal Academy of Engineering.

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Cryptography - Learn How To Write and Solve Secret Messages

Cryptography - Learn How To Write and Solve Secret Messages

Pig Pens, mysterious meetings and Caesar's Secrets - in this activity pack you will learn how to use cyphers to uncover and send secret messages.

Sponsor: Technocamps.

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Destination Space

Destination Space

Find out about the UK's very own space industry, upcoming missions and the useful information we get from robots in space.

Sponsor: Dundee Science Centre.

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Diagnosis: Kidnapped!

Diagnosis: Kidnapped!

Can you solve the puzzles and save our scientists? Our researchers have been kidnapped by diabolical forces who want to steal their work.

Sponsor: Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research, University of Dundee.

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Dr Data - Have You Got What It Takes To Run a Big Data Project?

Dr Data - Have You Got What It Takes To Run a Big Data Project?

You are the researcher in charge of a Big Data project. You need to keep knowledge, ethics, money, and people in balance.

Sponsor: CoMorMent.

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Drake Equation - Life on Other Planets in the Milky Way

Drake Equation - Life on Other Planets in the Milky Way

Find out about the Drake Equation with Dundee & Angus College.

Sponsor: Dundee and Angus College.

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Dundee Discoveries - Past and Present

Dundee Discoveries - Past and Present

Go on this self-guided walking tour through pioneering scientific research in medicine, biology, forensics, nursing and dentistry from the past to the present.

Sponsor: School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee.

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Early Explorers: Coding Game

Early Explorers: Coding Game

Have a go at making your own coding game without a screen!

Sponsor: Dundee Science Centre.

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Early Explorers: Sally the Sloth

Early Explorers: Sally the Sloth

Early Explorers is a programme for 3-5 year olds, encouraging social skills, self-awareness and critical thinking in nursery aged children.

Sponsor: Dundee Science Centre.

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Early Explorers: Stuffee

Early Explorers: Stuffee

Early Explorers is a programme for 3-5 year olds, encouraging social skills, self-awareness and critical thinking in nursery aged children.

Sponsor: Dundee Science Centre.

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Engineering in the Movies: Magic Drum

Engineering in the Movies: Magic Drum

Create your own moving animation using recycled materials, pen and paper.

Sponsor: Royal Academy of Engineering.

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Escape from the International Space Station

Escape from the International Space Station

This is a satellite-themed STEM activity aimed at upper primary children (7 to 11).

Sponsor: SENSE Earth Observation CDT.

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Grow Your Own Microbial Community

Grow Your Own Microbial Community

Build a Winogradski column and grow your own micro-ecosystem!

Sponsor: GeoBus, University of St Andrews.

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Looking into DNA and RNA

Looking into DNA and RNA

DNA and RNA are two very important molecules, find out what they are and why they are important!

Sponsor: University of Dundee.

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Make a Catapult

Make a Catapult

Create your own catapult using things you can find around your house!

Sponsor: Dundee Science Centre.

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Medical Myths and Mysteries

Medical Myths and Mysteries

Discover medical myths and mysteries with Dundee Science Centre.

Sponsor: Dundee Science Centre.

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Micro-Organism of the Day

Micro-Organism of the Day

Take a look at a different microorganism every day and learn why research into these tiny critters is important.

Sponsor: University of St Andrews.

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Milking it

Milking it

Many of the products we buy today are made from or contain plastic. Explore how to make plastic using just milk and vinegar with different ideas for applications.

Sponsor: Royal Academy of Engineering.

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MVV Environment Baldovie - Energy from Waste

MVV Environment Baldovie - Energy from Waste

Discover how MVV generates energy from waste, meet some of the team and find out about their careers.

Sponsor: MVV Environment.

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My World of Work Live!

My World of Work Live!

My World of Work Live is a set of fun, interactive activities that help young people understand future careers.

Sponsor: Skills Development Scotland - My World of Work Live!.

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Organ of the Day

Organ of the Day

Join us and find out about an organ a day this week!

Sponsor: University of St Andrews.

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Peat, People and the Planet

Peat, People and the Planet

An interactive online exhibit on how peatlands form, how people use them, and why they are important in the context of global climate change.

Sponsor: University of St Andrews.

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Physics Online Lab Tour

Physics Online Lab Tour

Ever wondered what a physics lab looks like? Take a look inside the Centre for Designer Quantum Materials lab at the University of St Andrews.

Sponsor: University of St Andrews.

Power Up!

Power Up!

Take a look at different types of energy, the importance of electricity and how it is generated.

Sponsor: Royal Academy of Engineering.

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Python Maths

Python Maths

From printing 'Hello World' to producing polygons, this introduction to programming in Python will give you all the skills you need to really get to grip with the basics.

Sponsor: Technocamps.

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Reforestation and Sustainability

Reforestation and Sustainability

Find out about reforestation and sustainability in this video with Andreas.

Sponsor: Atkins.

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Rockin' Rock Pools

Rockin' Rock Pools

Join James and look at some rock pools and learn about this important environment.

Sponsor: University of St Andrews.

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RSPB: Wild Challenges

RSPB: Wild Challenges

Get closer to nature, have fun – and earn awards for doing it! Are you ready to take on a Wild Challenge?

Sponsor: The RSPB Wildlife Charity.

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SCI-FUN-Do-It-Yourself

SCI-FUN-Do-It-Yourself

Recreate the University of Edinburgh's SCI-FUN Roadshow activities at home!

Sponsor: University of Edinburgh.

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Science and Sea Monsters

Science and Sea Monsters

The hunt for Nessie may be more scientific than you think. Join Explorathon and find out more!

Sponsor: University of St Andrews.

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Scottish Water

Scottish Water

Discover challenges, hands-on activities and resource sheets from Scottish Water!

Sponsor: Scottish Water.

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Scratch Games and Programming

Scratch Games and Programming

If you've ever fancied yourself as a game designer or programmer, it's time to Scratch that itch!

Sponsor: Technocamps.

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Solar System Trail

Solar System Trail

Embark on our Solar System Trail through the city of Dundee and follow the planets on this 4.5km walk.

Sponsors: Dundee Science Centre and Greenhealth Partnership.

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St Andrews Botanic Garden: Online Tour

St Andrews Botanic Garden: Online Tour

See the Botanic Garden in St Andrews in this virtual tour with Explorathon20.

Sponsor: University of St Andrews.

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Star Feature (Six Episodes)

Star Feature (Six Episodes)

These short videos will provide a quick guide and some interesting and inspiring information.

Sponsor: Royal Observatory Edinburgh (UKRI/STFC).

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Stratified Medicine - Which Medicine is Right for You?

Stratified Medicine - Which Medicine is Right for You?

In the future, doctors may use DNA tests to help them decide which medicine to prescribe.

Sponsor: CoMorMent.

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TechFest

TechFest

Our friends at TechFest will be running their festival from 5-25 November 2020.

Sponsor: TechFest.

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The Martian - Science Fact or Science Fiction

The Martian - Science Fact or Science Fiction

Many space movies have hit our screens relaying drama, adventure, and scientific discovery... But how much is scientific fact and how much is Hollywood fiction?

Sponsor: GeoBus, University of St Andrews.

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The WeeCAIR Medicinal Garden

The WeeCAIR Medicinal Garden

Unearth the science and history of the medicinal plants which influence modern medicine. You’ll meet the team who are building the garden and find out how to choose your own healing herbs.

Sponsor: School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee.

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Virtually Explore: Science and Engineering

Virtually Explore: Science and Engineering

Go behind-the-scenes ar The King's Buildings campus at the University of Edinburgh.

Sponsor: University of Edinburgh.

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Visit Dundee Science Centre

Visit Dundee Science Centre

Visit the Dundee Science Centre and learn more about our exciting new exhibits.

Sponsor: Dundee Science Centre.

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