Explorathon @ Curiosity Forest

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City of Edinburgh Methodist Church
Fri 5pm-9pm (adults); Sat 10am-5pm and continues on Sunday
No booking required

N.B. Our Saturday event starts at 10am, NOT the 2pm you might have seen elsewhere!

Curiosity Forest returns to Edinburgh as part of Explorathon 2016 and Fun Palaces Scotland. Join us for Edinburgh’s art and research-inspired event in a beautiful indoor woodland!

On Saturday, there will be plenty of activities to delight children and their grown-ups. Join the artists, scientists and researchers who believe that being curious about the world around us is for everyone. Sessions include interactive workshops, storytelling, talks and games which are free to take part in.  Continues on Sunday (2pm-5pm) as part of Fun Palaces Scotland.

On Friday night, there will be a special version of Curiosity Forest aimed especially at adults – ‘Curiosity Night‘. Explore the world of academic research in an indoor woodland with some of Edinburgh’s brightest minds. Let them regale you with stories, challenge you with games and engage you in activities based on their work. Academia that leaps off the page of a research paper and comes to life before your eyes in Edinburgh’s favourite indoor woodland.

More about our Friday night fun for adults:

From 5pm in the Conference Hall

Being Brain Bashed: Experience what it is like to have brain damage and not be able to simple everyday tasks (Karin Diaconu, Queen Margaret University)

Bilingualism Matters: Quizzes, demos, and Q&A on bilingualism (Bilingualism Matters, The University of Edinburgh)

Shades of Carbon Black: Mix biochar (AKA carbon black) and sand in a glass bottle to create fertile soil that is decoratively coloured, then take it home to grow plants in! (Jan Mumme, The University of Edinburgh)*

Wireless Power Transfer: See how researchers are making it possible for us to charge our devices on the move (Microwave and Antenna Engineering Group, Heriot-Watt University)

Optima: ‘Nano sensors’, 3D puzzles, makes-and take-activities and 3D mobile phone projectors. Find out about nano particles in lots of amazing ways! (Optima Collaborative Doctoral Training, The Universities of Edinburgh and Strathclyde)

Powering the Future: Find out how the current electricity grid works and how it might change in the future as we move to a “smarter” grid (ADVANTAGE, The University of Edinburgh)

Playground: The Fairytale: Hear how one researcher journyed to make her dream playground – a place where children and teachers could learn whatever they wanted. Hear the story and then try the activity yourself! (Matluba Khan, The University of Edinburgh)

Correlation and Networks: See how we can examine the relationship between things, ranging from genes, foods to names (Barbara Shih, The Roslin Institute)

From 5pm on the Conference Hall balcony

Acoustics: Discovering the sounds around us (Acoustics and Audio Group, The University of Edinburgh)

Does Music Makes Us Happy? Come and find out! (Joy Vamvakari, The University of Edinburgh)

Art Exhibition and short film from researcher Alina Loth (Scottish Oceans Institute, University of St Andrews) on making artworks from other people’s research, as well as a gallery of the Runaway Labbook comic series (large-scale illustrations by Gemma Valentine)

From 6pm in the Conference Hall

Science Cinema and Researcher Stories: Fast-paced storytelling from some of Edinburgh’s brightest minds in research. Hear about building a scaffold for your liver, how animals build shells and teeth, why the impact of music can be tricky to research (because we love it so much) and more

From 8pm in the Conference Hall

Science Ceilidh Video Launch: The International Year of Light themed Science Ceilidh from the one and only Science Ceilidh band! Trip the light fantastic and learn a thing or too about lasers along the way! Featuring screenings & dances of: The PROTEUS Jig – Samuel Jeremy Stanfield; Strip the Leaf – Jessica Walker; The Fluorescent Fling – Rachel Fisher; Shepherd’s Delight (Red Sky at Night) – Sara Schmidt

 

And on Saturday…

Being Brain Bashed: Experience what it is like to have brain damage and not be able to simple everyday tasks (Karin Diaconu, Queen Margaret University)

Wireless Power Transfer: See how researchers are making it possible for us to charge our devices on the move (Microwave and Antenna Engineering Group, Heriot-Watt University)

Powering the Future: Find out how the current electricity grid works and how it might change in the future as we move to a “smarter” grid (ADVANTAGE, The University of Edinburgh)

Correlation and Networks: See how we can examine the relationship between things, ranging from genes, foods to names (Barbara Shih, The Roslin Institute)

From Sand to Sandstone and Other Stories… Three interconnected hands-on activities take you through the process of understanding how to choose the right rock from the job. As a materials scientist you can help discover solutions for building our future (Elli-Maria Charalampidou, Zeynep Karatza and Ilaria Soriano, Heriot-Watt University)

Guess When: A “Guess Who” for plants in spring. A game for two players – working out which plant your opponent has by eliminating other options using your plant-knowledge (with a little help from our researcher too, of course!) (Christine Tansey, The University of Edinburgh)

Springtime Storytelling: Hear the story of why plants flower and leaf at different times to create the event we know of as Spring time. Plenty of opportunities for dress-up, acting out and turning grown-ups into trees (Christine Tansey, The University of Edinburgh)

Fossil collections: Cockburn Geology Museum return with their impressive fossil collection. Measure your feet against the world’s largest millipede footprint, use a microscope to investigate insects in amber, feel fossils and ask the experts everything you’ve always wanted to know about Scotland’s prehistoric past! (Cockburn Geological Museum)

Art Exhibition and short film from researcher Alina Loth (Scottish Oceans Institute, University of St Andrews) on making artworks from other people’s research, as well as a gallery of the Runaway Labbook comic series (large-scale illustrations by Gemma Valentine)

Blair Drummond Safari Park: Come and have fun with a special activity

Gemma Valentine: Live drawing with this fabulous Edinburgh-based artist (Gemma Valentine)

Storytelling: Poetry and traditional storytelling sessions from various artists, suitable for a family audience

 

And finally, on Sunday…

Fossil collections: Cockburn Geology Museum return with their impressive fossil collection. Measure your feet against the world’s largest millipede footprint, use a microscope to investigate insects in amber, feel fossils and ask the experts everything you’ve always wanted to know about Scotland’s prehistoric past! (Cockburn Geological Museum)

Art Exhibition and short film from researcher Alina Loth (Scottish Oceans Institute, University of St Andrews) on making artworks from other people’s research, as well as a gallery of the Runaway Labbook comic series (large-scale illustrations by Gemma Valentine)

Storytelling: Poetry and traditional storytelling sessions from various artists, suitable for a family audience

Wireless Power Transfer: See how researchers are making it possible for us to charge our devices on the move (Microwave and Antenna Engineering Group, Heriot-Watt University)

Powering the Future: Find out how the current electricity grid works and how it might change in the future as we move to a “smarter” grid (ADVANTAGE, The University of Edinburgh)

Optima: ‘Nano sensors’, 3D puzzles, makes-and take-activities and 3D mobile phone projectors. Find out about nano particles in lots of amazing ways! (Optima Collaborative Doctoral Training, The Universities of Edinburgh and Strathclyde)

Playground: The Fairytale: Hear how one researcher journyed to make her dream playground – a place where children and teachers could learn whatever they wanted. Hear the story and then try the activity yourself! (Matluba Khan, The University of Edinburgh)

Make and Fire Your Very Own Rocket: How far will it go? Space-themed crafts-making…well, space-crafts! (Glasgow Science Centre)

 

Organised in partnership with the Curiosity Forest, which is part of Fun Palaces. Venue kindly donated free-of-charge by the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church

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