EASTER is set to be ‘eggstra’ special at Edinburgh’s five-star attraction, Dynamic Earth, with a whole host of space-themed events and activities.
From 28 March until 7 April a series of interactive events, talks and workshops – some of which are organised in conjunction with the Edinburgh International Science Festival – will be aiming to drive children’s interest in all things space and technology, based around British astronaut Tim Peake’s presence on the International Space Station.
On 28 March, visitors can discover how robots are used to help astronauts like Tim Peake aboard the International Space Station and how humans can control robots to explore places beyond human reach. Visitors will have the chance to get hands-on on with some state-of-the-art technology, including robotic arms and heat tiles.
‘Life in Space’ – on 1 April and 8 April – is when junior astronauts get the chance to take part in the astronaut challenge and discover some of the fascinating things that can happen to the human body when humans leave planet Earth. Also taking place on both 4 and 5 April. ‘Destination Space: Rockets’ gives visitors the chance to learn more about rockets and the science that makes space flight possible.
New Show Dome film, ‘Asteroid: Mission Extreme’, will take visitors on an epic journey into outer space to discover the possibilities that asteroids present for space travel. The 360-degree full dome projection is screened with 10.2 surround sound, providing a fully immersive, high-impact cinematic experience, making the audience feel like they are floating in outer space.
The Double Dome Nights are also back on 29-30 March and 5-6 April with visitors enjoying not only one, but two, 30-minute dome films.
For everyone who prefers to keep their feet on terra firma, on 7 April Dynamic Earth is hosting the UK Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir Mark Walport, and geologist and TV presenter, Professor Iain Stewart, who will discuss the options for powering the UK in the future. Alternatively, visitors can attend a drop-in microscope session with scientists from Heriot-Watt University and discover the amazing microscopic worlds which exist around us.
Commenting on the Easter programme, Eilidh Massie, marketing manager of Dynamic Earth, said: “We have some fantastic events happening this Easter; whether it’s finding out if you have what it takes to be a real astronaut to making your own rocket and creating spectacular science-inspired 3D art and light projections, we have something for everyone.”
Festival director of Edinburgh International Science Festival, Dr Simon Gage, comments: “In 2016 we are presenting our largest Edinburgh International Science Festival programme to date in Scotland’s capital city as well as reaching for new ambitious international events across the world.
“Our present world and future worlds are more dependent on science and technology developments than ever before, as a charitable organisation we hope to inspire adults and children to discover the world around them and inspire to consider how they can create a better future for all of mankind.”
In addition to the space activities, regular Dynamic Earth features include Scotland’s only permanent 4D cinema, a real iceberg, a bone-shaking earthquake and the Deep Time Machine which takes visitors billions of years back in time.
The Easter activities will run from 28 March until 7 April.
For more information on events and activities happening at Dynamic Earth, visit www.dynamicearth.co.uk.
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