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Summerlee Science Festival

Get excited about science over the mid-term break at Summerlee's annual Science Festival being held between Saturday 10th and Wednesday 14th February!

Summerlee Science Festival

About Summerlee Science Festival

Saturday 10 February

Dynamic Earth Presents Planet Protectors

10am – 4pm / FREE / All ages welcome

Earth is a beautiful and fragile place, and it’s up to us to look after it! Join us staff from Dynamic Earth Edinburgh and learn about different ways you can become a planet protector. Different activities to try and lots to learn.
This is a drop-in activity, so no need to book.

STEM with Mr NSTEM with Mr N
1pm / FREE / All ages welcome
Award-winning STEM teacher and YouTuber Mr N brings his famous demonstrations to Summerlee Museum. Take a seat for a family STEM show where anything could happen.

This is a drop-in activity, so no need to book. Seats available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Nature Walks
11am & 1pm / FREE / All ages welcome (must be able to walk on uneven ground)
Join Rangers from Drumpellier Country Park on an easy nature walk around Summerlee Museum. Nature has gradually been reclaiming Summerlee since the museum opened, and what was once a post-industrial wasteland is now home to an abundance of plants and animals. This guided walk will introduce you to some of the residents of Summerlee Museum and help you spot the signs of hidden life.
Please wear outdoor clothes and footwear.
Book on the day at the front desk.

Drop-In in the Exhibition Space
10am – 4pm / FREE
The Science Festival is taking over the exhibition space and each day sees a variety of organisations and activities with stalls for people to visit.
This is a drop-in activity, so no need to book.


Sunday 11 February

Silly Science Workshop

10.30am, 11.15am, 12.30pm, 1.45pm, 2.30pm & 3.15pm / £5 / Suitable for 4 years+
Book Now: north-lanarkshire-council-museums.arttickets.org.uk
Join the Silly Science crew for a messy bout of slimy, sticky, sweet and explosive science activities.

Activities include:
Silly slime spectacular; make and keep your own slimy creations, learning about polymers and how they work, in a fun and creative way!
Sweetie making; make your own sweets (suitable for vegans) and learn about science while you do it.
Learn about the world of chemical reactions with some explosive experiments.
Sessions last 30 minutes and are suitable for children (and adults) aged 4 and over.

This is a MESSY activity – so don’t wear your fancy clothes.

Please arrive 5 minutes before your time. Latecomers may not be admitted and no refunds are given in this event.

Nature Walks
11am & 1pm / FREE / All ages welcome (must be able to walk on uneven ground)

Join Rangers from Drumpellier Country Park on an easy nature walk around Summerlee Museum. Nature has gradually been reclaiming Summerlee since the museum opened, and what was once a post-industrial wasteland is now home to an abundance of plants and animals. This guided walk will introduce you to some of the residents of Summerlee Museum and help you spot the signs of hidden life.

Please wear outdoor clothes and footwear.

Book on the day at the front desk.

Drop-In in the Exhibition Space
10am – 4pm / FREE
The Science Festival is taking over the exhibition space and each day sees a variety of organisations and activities with stalls for people to visit.
This is a drop-in activity, so no need to book.


Monday 12 February

Silly Science Workshop

10.30am, 11.15am, 12.30pm, 1.45pm, 2.30pm & 3.15pm / £5 / Suitable for 4 years+

Book Now via north-lanarkshire-council-museums.arttickets.org.uk

Join the Silly Science crew for a messy bout of slimy, sticky, sweet and explosive science activities.

Activities include:

Silly slime spectacular; make and keep your own slimy creations, learning about polymers and how they work, in a fun and creative way!
Sweetie making; make your own sweets (suitable for vegans) and learn about science while you do it.
Learn about the world of chemical reactions with some explosive experiments.
Sessions last 30 minutes and are suitable for children (and adults) aged 4 and over.

This is a MESSY activity – so don’t wear your fancy clothes.

Please arrive 5 minutes before your time. Latecomers may not be admitted and no refunds are given in this event.

Glasgow Science Centre on Tour – Powering the Future
10am – 4pm / FREE / All ages welcome

Energy underpins our modern lives but there are difficult choices to be made about how we will supply and use energy in the future. Is our energy affordable, secure and environmentally sustainable? As you journey through this exhibition, you can explore our energy options – from how we can produce electricity and fuels to how we can be smarter with our use of energy.

A guest exhibition with interactives and Glasgow Science Centre staff on hand.

This is a drop-in activity, so no need to book.

Climate Change Tour
2pm / FREE / All ages welcome (recommended for 8 years+)

Summerlee Museum staff take visitors on a special tour of Summerlee Museum focusing on the iron and coal industries in Coatbridge and the impact the town and the wider industrial revolution had on climate change.

The tour will use the archaeological site of the Summerlee Ironworks as well as exhibits in the museum to develop an understanding of emission levels during the Victorian era. A visit to the social history displays such as the miner’s cottages will provide an insight into how Victorian lifestyles interacted with polluting industries.

This is a drop-in activity, so no need to book.

Drop-In in the Exhibition Space
10am – 4pm / FREE
The Science Festival is taking over the exhibition space and each day sees a variety of organisations and activities with stalls for people to visit.

This is a drop-in activity, so no need to book.


Tuesday 13 February

Climate Change Tour

1pm / FREE / All ages welcome (recommended for 8 years+)
Summerlee Museum staff take visitors on a special tour of Summerlee Museum focusing on the iron and coal industries in Coatbridge and the impact the town and the wider industrial revolution had on climate change.

The tour will use the archaeological site of the Summerlee Ironworks as well as exhibits in the museum to develop an understanding of emission levels during the Victorian era. A visit to the social history displays such as the miner’s cottages will provide an insight into how Victorian lifestyles interacted with polluting industries.

This is a drop-in activity, so no need to book.

Drop-In in the Exhibition Space
10am – 4pm / FREE
The Science Festival is taking over the exhibition space and each day sees a variety of organisations and activities with stalls for people to visit.

This is a drop-in activity, so no need to book.


Wednesday 14 February

Climate Change Tour

1pm / FREE / All ages welcome (recommended for 8 years+)

Summerlee Museum staff take visitors on a special tour of Summerlee Museum focusing on the iron and coal industries in Coatbridge and the impact the town and the wider industrial revolution had on climate change.

The tour will use the archaeological site of the Summerlee Ironworks as well as exhibits in the museum to develop an understanding of emission levels during the Victorian era. A visit to the social history displays such as the miner’s cottages will provide an insight into how Victorian lifestyles interacted with polluting industries.

This is a drop-in activity, so no need to book.

To the Moon and Back
10am – 4pm / FREE / All ages welcome
How does a rocket get into space? How far is it to the moon? Take part in our fun family STEM session to find out the answers to these questions, launch a few indoor rockets and make your own paper rocket to take home.

Please book on the day at the front desk.

Drop-In in the Exhibition Space
10am – 4pm / FREE
The Science Festival is taking over the exhibition space and each day sees a variety of organisations and activities with stalls for people to visit.

This is a drop-in activity, so no need to book.

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