Daily Programme

Assembly Hall
Drop-in Sessions Sat Sun  
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East Coast FM
Suitable for all ages (3+)

East Coast 107.6FM will be broadcasting live from Dunbar SciFest! Can be heard on 107.6FM and on Tune in Radio Phone app as well as their website www.eastcoastfm.co.uk

 

Stage Shows Sat Sun  
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Arithmetrix (Be A Number Ninja!)
Suitable for 8 years+

ARITHMETRIX is an action packed, interactive and super fun show that makes crazy counting cool and numbers tricktastic!

Unlike anything else, this is entertainment for 21st century kids aged 9 to 13 years.

 
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Glaciers and Volcanoes
Suitable for all ages (3+)

Brainy and Brawny will demonstrate experiments linked to natural disasters in British Sign Language.

SATURDAY ONLY

 
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Luck, Hot air, Nails and Water
Suitable for all ages (3+)

Are you lucky enough to win some space dust? Watchout for those nails and the bucket of water!
SUNDAY ONLY.

 
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Macastory's Big Idea
Suitable for all ages (3+)

Invention! Architecture! Design! Join Macastory to celebrate Scottish innovation & design in story and song then be inspired to create imaginative solutions to problems and conundrums, so that YOU, the audience, become the innovators! Thinking caps on everyone!

SUNDAY ONLY

 

Other events at Dunbar SciFest Sat Sun  
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Sunny Sundae Vintage Ice cream
Suitable for all ages (3+)

Ice cream and Science. Available in the main hall.

 

Bleachingfield Community Centre
Drop-in Sessions Sat Sun  
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The SCI-FUN Roadshow
Suitable for 7 years+

Join the fun at the interactive science centre from the University of Edinburgh featuring over 50 incredible activities. Become part of a human circuit, challenge your senses, solve a crime, and relax in a spinning chair… Plus: why is the 50p shaped like that?!

Pop in for a moment – stay for hours!

 

Classroom 1
Workshops Sat Sun  
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Organ Dissections
Suitable for 8 years+

A sheep heart and lungs will be dissected. We will cover anatomy and physiology and children will have the chance to put some gloves on and have a hands on experience if they wish.

 

Classroom 2
Workshops Sat Sun  
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3D Animation
Suitable for 5 - 12 years

Use your creativity to explain the world! Explore the depths of the ocean in 3D, the far reaches of outer space, the Egyptian pyramids or even a fantasy world! Your imagination is your only limitation! Tell stories, create images, use animation and add sound effects.
Ages: 8+

SUNDAY ONLY

 
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Artefact Attack!
Suitable for 5 - 12 years

Have you ever wondered how archaeologists know all this stuff about all the objects they dig up out of the ground? You’d be surprised; sometimes it really is just as simple as putting on your ‘investigation hat’ and examining the unknown object in front of you scientifically. In this workshop, we’re going to be picking up some weird and wonderful ancient objects, and learning how to look at them with new eyes...and ears, hands, even your nose, to find the answers out!

SATURDAY ONLY

 
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Cartoon Creation
Suitable for 5 - 12 years

Students will create their own world of monsters and aliens in this fun workshop. Children will quickly get to grips with this simple to use, new take on animation. Create their own unique characters, use speech bubbles or record an audio track to tell their story.
Ages: 6+
Note: 6th March only

 

Classroom 3
Workshops Sat Sun  
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Amazing Immunology
Suitable for 8 years+

Come and learn about new cancer therapies; play the allergy ball pit game and see how the bugs that live in your body keep you healthy or make you sick.

 

Classroom 4
Workshops Sat Sun  
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Dino Dig
Suitable for 4 years+

Join East Lothian Council Museums Service in helping us dig up a dinosaur and other fossils!

 

Classroom 5
Workshops Sat Sun  
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Light Lab Drop-in Family Workshop
Suitable for 7 years+

Discover how to make white light from red, green and blue coloured torches then learn about ultra violet before making a drawing using UV energy. Learn how to bend light using convex lenses and assemble an amazing upside down box. Put your head inside it and see the world upside down! 20 min workshop suitable for 7-13 years.

 

Classroom 6
Workshops Sat Sun  
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Mars Lander and Meteorites!
Suitable for 5 years+

Learn all about NASA's Curiosity Rover on Mars! Take control of the rover and help it get safely through the martian atmosphere and down to the surface. While you wait for your turn see real fragments of Mars, the Moon and meteorites from the birth of the solar system that are 4.5 billion years old!

 

Community Windpower Marquee
Drop-in Sessions Sat Sun  
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Designed by nature!
Suitable for all ages (3+)

Join East Lothian Council Ranger Service and look at the wonderful wildlife in your area! How do these amazing creatures fit in to their environment and what tricks do they use to survive?
SATURDAY ONLY

 
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Do you have lots of puff?! Take a big deep breath and find out
Suitable for 5 years+

Come and find out how much puff you have - and compare with your family and friends. Blow into our peak flow meter and see how fast you can blow out air from your lungs.

 
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Energy from Wind
Suitable for all ages (3+)

Learn how energy is captured from the wind and design your own turbine with Community Windpower and BeGreen Dunbar.

 
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FitLab Exhibits and BodyWorks Busking
Suitable for all ages (3+)

You will explore endurance, strength, agility, speed and coordination through a range of zoned exhibits.Our BodyWorks On Tour team will also amaze you with exciting and interactive health and wellbeing demos.

 
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Go Fly Your Kite
Suitable for all ages (3+)

Learn about the history of kite flying, how your kite flies and the physics of kites. Find out about the forces of nature. And you'll get the opportunity to design your own personal kite.

 
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Think Science
Suitable for all ages (3+)

Thaumatrope optical illusions, meteorite handling and wanderama levitating.
SUNDAY ONLY

 
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Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
Suitable for all ages (3+)

Make your own wooden animal whilst finding out why conservation is cool ! Get to grips with surprising props!

SATURDAY ONLY

 
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Zero Waste Town Dunbar
Suitable for 13 years+

Come talk with the Zero Waste Team about your ideas for reducing the amount of waste we send to our landfills. Come and find out how you can raise funds for your school, sports team, organisation through setting up Every Can Counts collections.

SATURDAY ONLY

 

Storytelling Sat Sun  
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Destination Space
Suitable for 5 years+

Celebrating Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station (ISS), join us as we uncover some of the exciting and dangerous challenges he faces living in Space.
Our exciting, highly participatory storytelling sessions take place on Sunday 6th March 2016.
Storytelling lasts 45 minutes.

SUNDAY ONLY

 

Creche
Workshops Sat Sun  
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Things That Go Up
Suitable for 4 - 7 years

Set your sights for the sky as we explore all things aerial in this exciting gravity defying workshop. Can we fly like birds? Get yourself ready for lift off!
Parents are welcome too

 

Foyer
Other events at Dunbar SciFest Sat Sun  
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Dr Who Photo Booth
Suitable for 4 years+

We are an utterly ridiculous, completely daft & ultimately loads of fun, vintage photo booth. Set up in old wooden bellowed camera, 1930s radio & borrowing from Doctor Who, we create unforgettable experiences with the added bonus you also get a photograph of the memory!

 

Gym Hall
Drop-in Sessions Sat Sun  
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3D Printing Polymers
Suitable for 8 years+

Print some glow-in the dark polymers using a 3D printer.

 
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Arithmetrix (Be a Number Ninja!)
Suitable for 8 years+

ARITHMETRIX is an action packed, interactive and super fun show that makes crazy counting cool and numbers tricktastic!
Unlike anything else, this is entertainment for 21st century kids aged 9 to 13 years.

 
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ComputerXplorers
Suitable for all ages (3+)

Come along to our electronics drop in session where you will gain hands on experience of building a range of projects from a Lie Detector to a Burglar Alarm or even take part in our Space Wars sound and light show as we venture into the world of electronics.

 
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Discover Biology
Suitable for 5 years+

Join Biologists from the University of Edinburgh to discover the exciting world of nature using microscopes. Find out what butterfly wings, fruit flies and microorganisms look like up close, or bring something along to look at! For all ages 5+.
SATURDAY ONLY

 
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Explore Science!
Suitable for all ages (3+)

Science workshops which are delivered fortnightly on Saturday mornings between September and June, annually since 2011.

 
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Green Chemistry
Suitable for 5 years+

Go Green with the School of Chemistry! From air pollution to recycling: find out how chemists at the University of Edinburgh are making the planet a greener place. Have a go at your own chemical reactions, explore the atmosphere and learn how chemistry can save the world!

 
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Marine Touch Tank
Suitable for all ages (3+)

This is the RHDHV and Herriot Watt Uni touch tank marine display. We will be supported by staff from the St Abbs Marine station also.

 
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Torness Power Station
Suitable for all ages (3+)

Step into the mobile visitor centre designed to capture the imagination of children and adults alike with hands-on displays and to learn about how Torness generates electricity for over 2 million homes.

 

Library
Workshops Sat Sun  
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Orsom the Octopus for 3-5 year olds
Suitable for 3 - 5 years

Come and find out how truly amazing octopuses are! Learn amazing facts to wow your friends, family and teachers! This workshops uses music, song, interactive props and physical activities to bring the octopus to life. No live animals, just lots of bubbles, crowns and sticky slugs!

 

Marquee #2
Drop-in Sessions Sat Sun  
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An Ingenious Whittler - John Muir the Inventor
Suitable for all ages (3+)

Find out about the amazing machines that John Muir invented to make life easier.
Come and sample some of the activities that are available in this exhibition for families at John Muir's Birthplace.
How did the early rising machine work?
www.jmbt.org.uk

 
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Brilliant Bubbles
Suitable for all ages (3+)

Suitable for 3+. Get your bubble head on and have fun making lots of crazy bubbles, but can you make a square bubble?

SATURDAY ONLY

 
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Dunbar Grammar School Display
Suitable for all ages (3+)

The Dunbar Grammar School pupils have brought along some of their work. See work from S1, S2 and senior students. Try some of our experiments on colour and perform some tricks with light!

 
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East Links Family Park Chicks
Suitable for all ages (3+)

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
How eggs are formed, how the chicks grow inside and the end result.

 
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Geology and Geoconservation
Suitable for all ages (3+)

Selection of geological leaflets for taking away: particularly Barns Ness, Dunbar Harbour, Traprain Law and North Berwick Volcanoes.
Table-top activities: such as fossil rubbing table and cards, plate tectonic jigsaw and sheets
Display of Posters: such as Barns Ness, East Lothian, etc.

 
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It's Just a Phase
Suitable for all ages (3+)

Ever wondered what makes a material solid, liquid, or somewhere in between? Make your own colourful slime to take home and play with unusual materials which act like both solids and liquids! Plus explore our range of exciting, interactive demonstrations.
Saturday ONLY

 
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Meet Your Social Brain
Suitable for 7 years+

Come meet your social brain in this fun interactive drop-in session! You will learn about emotions, play social games and go home with your winnings.

 
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Mixed-up Science
Suitable for all ages (3+)

What is insulin? Help us build the insulin DNA sequence to find out and learn how we use light to sequence DNA.

 
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Pedal Powered Smoothies
Suitable for 8 years+

Belhaven Bikes is Dunbar’s local bike shop which has been serving the community and beyond for a decade…whether you like to ‘Cycle, Skate or Scoot’. Drop by to see Belhaven Bikes at Dunbar SciFest and pedal power your way to a healthy smoothie using their smoothie bike.

Belhaven Bikes offers cycle sales, repairs and hire together with custom builds and wheel building. ‘Cycle to Work’ and finance schemes are also available. Wheels are our thing! …and especially for SciFest…smoothies are too!
SUNDAY ONLY

 
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What can you taste?
Suitable for all ages (3+)

How much salt must there be for you to taste it?
Why do we not like some food?
Taste some drinks and find out how sensitive your taste is.

 

Storytelling Sat Sun  
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Amazing Animal Adventures
Suitable for 4 years+

Embark on a journey to the animal kingdom with storyteller-musician Daniel Allison. Learn about wildlife from every corner of the world through the magic of stories, and bark and growl and roar while you're at it.

SUNDAY ONLY

 
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Fly By Stories!
Suitable for all ages (3+)

Parachute in and join Storyteller Claire Druett for tales of birds, wings and flight. These fun, relaxed and spontaneous sessions will enable you to learn new stories and also invent some of your own to fly away with!
SATURDAY ONLY

 
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Stars to the Moon
Suitable for all ages (3+)

Suitable for 3-6 year olds. The Little Star Girl has always dreamed of going up into space. It wont be easy but if she makes it she might meet some very special new friends. Join her on an adventure to the stars!

SATURDAY ONLY

 
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Stories with Mrs Mash the Storytelling Cook
Suitable for all ages (3+)

Come and hear some fun packed stories about fabulous food stuffs. Tales of invention, discovery and genius in the kitchen with props and joining in too.

SUNDAY ONLY

 

Parents Room
Workshops Sat Sun  
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Animates Amazing Animals
Suitable for all ages (3+)

Come along and meet our live animal guests, here you will learn about the world’s most exotic creatures in a fun and hands on animal handling session

 

Playground
Stage Shows Sat Sun  
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Fantastic Physics Fire Show!
Suitable for 6 years+

A fantastical educational extravaganza of explosions, flames, and science! Using controlled fire balls, flaming hands, humour and interaction to teach about what fire is, where the energy for a flame comes from, and where does it go. An outdoor family show to be appreciated and enjoyed by all ages

 

SciFest Cafe
Drop-in Sessions Sat Sun  
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Cosmos Planetarium
Suitable for 4 years+

Learn about British astronaut Tim Peake’s Principia Mission to the International Space Station in the unique, totally immersive environment of our digital planetarium. We’ll fly you to the station, then travel to the Moon and on to outer reaches of the solar system on an amazing voyage of discovery.