Edinburgh is proud that Prof Peter Higgs was recently awarded the Nobel Prize for his work in discovering a tiny particle called the Higgs Boson. Chat with our particle physicists to find out what all the fuss is about, detect cosmic rays, and drive a particle accelerator! Presented by The University of Edinburgh.
Venue: Riddle's Court: First Floor
The Wonders of the Wold recreated using just LEGO. These bricks are more than just a toy to Warren Elsmore who uses them to create fabulously detailed models almost indistinguishable from the real thing. Presented by Scottish Historic Buildings Trust.
Venue: Summerhall: Main Hall
This interactive exhibition showcases the story of astronomy, scanning from the past to the future and highlighting some of the key inspirational moments and technical challenges along the way. View some incredible images from the control desk, step up to our wall of facts and try out our micro robots. Presented by The Science and Technology Facilities Council.
Find out what our amazing fruit flies have been doing in the name of genetic science over the past year, and what other new and exciting discoveries our biologists have made. Then take your turn at the microscope to see what you can find. Presented by The University of Edinburgh.
The study of topographic anatomy and anatomy in dissection is seen as a core activity for artists. This unique course, led by George Donald, will allow you to study the mechanics of the body with a life model, and to view the anatomical structures in dissection through the Museum Pathology Collections. Presented by Surgeon's Hall Museum.
Venue: Summerhall: Histology
Design, programme and present your very own video game using just an Xbox 360 controller. This session will show you how to add objects, multiple characters and scoring elements and create pathways to build a fun and challenging game to share with your family and friends. Presented by ComputerXplorers SEScotland.
Venue: Summerhall: Hacklab Space
If you’re an experienced Arduino user, bring your project and your laptop and let Edinburgh Hacklab help you take your programming to the next level. This all day session will cover a wealth of advanced Arduino topics: find out how to update a display without missing any button presses, learn how to make your project talk to advanced sensors and devices and discover ways to make your project permanent and avoid a rats’ nest of wires.
Venue: Summerhall: Histology
The Scratch platform offers a fantastic, fun and easy to learn first step into computer programming. This beginner’s session is for anyone who fancies programming a computer, introducing the basics of Scratch and helping you to edit ready-made projects and build your very own game. Presented by Edinburgh Napier University.
Venue: Summerhall: Old Lab
Technology not only helps us, it also changes us. Children now carry around sophisticated computers in their pockets. Does this change them for the better (make them smarter?) or worse? Dr Mark Sprevak, Lecturer in Philosophy of Mind & Cognition at the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, University of Edinburg, will guide our discovery of some of the surprising ways in which technology changes our children.
Venue: Summerhall: Histology 2
MadLab is an interactive electronics workshop with specially designed circuit board kits available for all ages and abilities. Learn the secrets of soldering then use your skills to assemble your very own gadget. Join a team with friends and bring your own old toys or gadgets to create a unique machine in MadLab Plus.