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Glasgow Science Centre is one of Scotland's must-see visitor attractions situated on the banks of the Clyde. We present concepts of science and technology in unique and inspiring ways - interactive exhibits, planetarium, live science shows & Imax 3D cinema. Follow us on Instagram @GlasgowScienceCentre, Twitter @GSC1, and YouTube

Mission: Our mission is to be an essential bridge between citizens and science and technology. We inspire people of all ages to explore and understand the world around them, to discover and enjoy science and understand its relevance to their own lives.

30/07/2020
A Spark of Science - Episode 3

🎧 Episode 3 of 'A Spark of Science' is available now!

In this episode, Claire debunks some common medical myths.

Listen on Soundcloud now ▢️ http://orlo.uk/Pdxss

We're also looking for your feedback on 'A Spark of Science' - do you like this series? What do you want to see more of? Let us know, we'd love to hear from you!

30/07/2020
#GSCAtHome: Proprioception

Can you tie your shoelaces without looking at your feet?

In today's throwback #GSCAtHome, we're looking at the sense of proprioception - how you understand your body's position & movements. Explore proprioception with some simple activities you can try at home!

Find some space, get the whole family involved, and don't forget to share your pics or videos if you can safely.

29/07/2020
#GSCAtHome - Journey Through My Body

In this episode of GSC at Home, we take a look at the fascinating journey makes as it goes through our body. From the very top, to the very bottom - literally!

Jennifer takes us through what happens as we eat and digest food and shows us how to make a model stomach with all the foods you eat in a day.

This video is suitable for the whole family. Please make sure to have adult permission and supervision when attempting any experiments.

Made your own stomach? Show us in the comments! We'll make sure not to look at them at lunchtime...

A brand new issue of The Spark magazine is available now! πŸ’₯Our free weekly science magazine is full of fun science activ...
28/07/2020

A brand new issue of The Spark magazine is available now! πŸ’₯

Our free weekly science magazine is full of fun science activities to keep the kids busy during the summer holidays!

Get your copy of issue 4 here ➑️ http://orlo.uk/H1OUZ

In this week's edition, we've got:

πŸŒͺ️ Create a tornado
β›΅ Investigate floating and sinking
πŸ‘‹ Meet a physicist
🌎 Take a tour of planet Earthh
πŸ’₯ + puzzles & quizzes to challenge & entertain the whole family!

Share with friends, family and anyone else who'd enjoy it.

Find out more about The Spark and read issues 1, 2 and 3 here: http://orlo.uk/aYRuQ

As an educational charity, Glasgow Science Centre wants to continue keeping everyone inspired with science.⁣ Thanks for all your support! #GSCAtHome

28/07/2020
#GSCAtHome: Spinning Forces

πŸ€ A basketball on a finger.

🚲 A bicycle wheel.

πŸ’« A beaker of water on a plastic plate attached to some string... it can mean only one thing - today's throwback #GSCAtHome is about things that spin!

CJ's got our dizzying dose of science for the day, filmed in the Science Show Theatre before lockdown.

πŸ€“ For more GSC At Home, check out all the videos on our playlist: https://www.facebook.com/watch/Glasgowsciencecentre/202377371049555/

27/07/2020
#GSCAtHome - Spectroscopes

A spectroscope is a tool used by scientists to measure light by splitting it up into its colour components.

Just like primary colours that we learn about in art - red, yellow and blue - light has its own primary colours - red, green and blue!

In this episode of GSC at Home, Harriet tells us more about spectroscopes and how they work, and shows us how to make our very own at home. For this experiment you'll need: a cereal box, a ruler, a protractor, tin foil, sharp scissors, a blank/old CD, glue and black marker.

Make sure you have an adults permission and supervision. This experiment involves using sharp scissors, so please make sure an adult does this for you and always be careful handling scissors.

This experiment is suitable for ages 7 and over, with an adult doing any cutting out.

Coming up this week on #GSCAtHome ⬇️ β£β£πŸ’Ώ Make Your Own Spectroscope (27/07) ⁣A spectroscope is a tool used by scientists...
26/07/2020

Coming up this week on #GSCAtHome ⬇️ ⁣
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πŸ’Ώ Make Your Own Spectroscope (27/07) ⁣
A spectroscope is a tool used by scientists to measure light by splitting it up into its colour components. Harriet tells us more about spectroscopes and how they work, and shows us how to make our very own at home.⁣
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πŸ’ͺ Journey Through My Body (29/07)⁣
Learn about the processes in our body that keep us going! Find out about how the food we eat is digested and see what your stomach looks like during a typical day with Jennifer.⁣
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πŸ”­ Tour of Jupiter (31/07)⁣
Continuing our tour of the planets, Nina takes us on a tour of Jupiter, the biggest planet in our solar system.⁣
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More details on each of these videos, including what you'll need to do any experiments, is available on our website: www.glasgowsciencecentre.org/gsc-at-home
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See you tomorrow at 10 am! πŸ‘‹

Missed any of this week's new #GSCAtHome videos? Here's a handy roundup πŸ‘‡πŸŒŽ On Monday, Veronica took us on a tour of plan...
25/07/2020

Missed any of this week's new #GSCAtHome videos? Here's a handy roundup πŸ‘‡

🌎 On Monday, Veronica took us on a tour of planet Earth: https://youtu.be/w4Q0a_LzHeQ

β›΅ We learned about buoyancy with Abi on Wednesday: https://www.facebook.com/Glasgowsciencecentre/posts/10157712813328789

πŸŒͺ️ James told us all about tornados and showed us how to make our own safely at home: https://www.facebook.com/72173293788/posts/10157717680963789/?vh=e&d=n

Next week's lineup coming tomorrow at 10 am! πŸ‘€

24/07/2020
#GSCAtHome - Make a Tornado

What is a tornado? How do they form? Learn all about this extreme form of weather and make your own tornado in a bottle, safe at home - no need to worry about ending up in Oz! πŸŒͺ️

You'll need two identical large plastic bottles, a small piece of thin plastic (eg the lid of a tub of yoghurt, ice cream tub lid, or a microwavable lid), a marker pen, a hole punch, some scissors and duct tape (or any waterproof tape).

Make sure you have adult permission and supervision before attempting this experiment at home. This experiment is suitable for ages 7 and over

23/07/2020
A Spark of Science - Episode 2

🎧 Episode 2 of our new weekly audio series, A Spark of Science, is here!

Sabah tells us all about corrosion - what it is, how it happens, and where you may have seen it.

There's also a fun experiment you can do at home using pennies and cola! πŸ§ͺ

Listen now! ▢️http://orlo.uk/H0bmP

22/07/2020
#GSCAtHome - Baths, Boats and Buoyancy

Learn about the force of buoyancy and how it affects bath times, boats and even bladders!

Find out about the scientist behind the discovery, Archimedes, and follow along with an experiment where you can observe buoyancy in water using a homemade Cartesian diver!

To do this experiment, you'll need a plastic bottle, a pen cap (ideally one without a hole at the top), plasticine or re-usable tack and cold water.

Make sure you have an adult's permission and supervision. This experiment is suitable for ages 5 and over.

Issue 3 of The Spark magazine has landed! πŸš€Our free weekly science magazine is full of fun science activities to keep th...
21/07/2020

Issue 3 of The Spark magazine has landed! πŸš€

Our free weekly science magazine is full of fun science activities to keep the kids busy during the summer holidays!

Get your copy on our website now ➑️ http://orlo.uk/AyA0S

In this week's edition, we've got:

πŸ’₯ Grow your own stalactites
πŸ’₯ Make a wind-powered car
πŸ’₯ Meet a controller from the International Space Station
πŸ’₯ Make your own sundial
πŸ’₯ + puzzles & quizzes to challenge & entertain the whole family!

Share with friends, family and anyone else who'd enjoy it.

Find out more about The Spark and read issues 1 and 2 here: http://orlo.uk/qroKq

As an educational charity, Glasgow Science Centre wants to continue keeping everyone inspired with science.⁣ Thanks for all your support! #GSCAtHome

21/07/2020

In today's #GSCAtHome flashback, we're back in the Science Show Theatre with Carla!

When dropped from the same height, at the same time, which will hit the ground first - a hammer or a feather? And why is that? Carla explores in a classic science show theatre demo that will appeal most to over 7s.

For more GSC At Home, visit our website: https://www.glasgowsciencecentre.org/gsc-at-home

20/07/2020
#GSCAtHome: Tour of Earth

Veronica from The Planetarium at Glasgow Science Centre continues our #GSCAtHome Tour the Solar System series, with a look at our home planet, Earth. 🌍

Veronica shares her three favourite things about the third rock from the Sun: Life, the Moon, and humans! What are your favourite things about the planet? Let us know in the comments below.

Did you know? 20 July is also the anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing - the day in 1969, when humans first set foot on the Moon!

This video is suitable for the whole family, but ideal for budding astronomers aged 7 and over.

For more information about #GSCAtHome, visit: https://www.glasgowsciencecentre.org/gsc-at-home

Coming up this week on #GSCAtHome:🌎 Monday 20 July: Take a tour of our amazing planet Earth with VeronicaπŸ’§ Wednesday 22 ...
19/07/2020

Coming up this week on #GSCAtHome:

🌎 Monday 20 July: Take a tour of our amazing planet Earth with Veronica

πŸ’§ Wednesday 22 July: Learn about the force of buoyancy and how it affects bath times, boats and bladders with Abi

πŸŒͺ️ Friday 24 July: Make your very own tornado in a jar with James

Full details, including everything you need to get involved, on our website: www.glasgowsciencecentre.org/gsc-at-home/coming-soon

See you tomorrow at 10 am! πŸ‘‹

17/07/2020
#GSCAtHome - Tour of Venus

Take a tour of Venus with Andrew from our Planetarium team! πŸ”­

Andrew will be sharing some fascinating facts - for example, did you know that Venus is sometimes known as 'Earth's evil twin?'

This video is suitable for all the family, but ideal for budding astronomers aged 7 and over.

16/07/2020
Introducing A Spark of Science

🎧 Introducing - A Spark of Science!

Our brand new audio series, developed by our CLD team. Each episode will bring you short science sound bites to spark your imagination and curiosity πŸ’₯

Episode 1 is all about animals! 🦁 πŸ’

▢️ http://orlo.uk/0Be51

We've had many people ask when Glasgow Science Centre will re-open.We remain closed at the moment and we don't yet have ...
15/07/2020

We've had many people ask when Glasgow Science Centre will re-open.

We remain closed at the moment and we don't yet have a re-opening date.

We are using the closure to complete many of the major ground floor building refurbishments and improvements that we started at the beginning of the year, which have been delayed due to COVID-19, like the Changing Places toilet and family room, our community space - The Bothy, and our welcome area (as you can see in the photos, they're coming along really well).

We'll keep you posted of our re-opening plans and safety measures for visitors and staff, as they are developed, on social media and our website.

For now, you may like to explore our #GSCAtHome activities with science experiments to enjoy at home. These can be found on our page and website https://www.glasgowsciencecentre.org/gsc-at-home

Meantime, thanks for all your support and we can't wait to welcome you back in the near future.

15/07/2020
#GSCAtHome: Huff and Puff

It's around us all the time, we breathe it in and out, and we need it to survive - but what do you know about air? How can we use the wind to generate power and make things move? 🌬️

πŸƒ Amy is here to tell us all about it!

To make your very own wind-powered vehicle, you'll need: an empty egg box or small cardboard box, cardboard, tape, a cardboard sweetie tube, scissors, pencils, paper or card, blu tack or plasticine, pens/crayons/colouring pencils, a hole punch if you have one (but it's not essential), and a hairdryer or a fan. β›΅

Please make sure you have adult permission and supervision. Suitable for the whole family to get involved.

If you do this experiment, share your wind-powered vehicles in the comments below - whilst we can't respond to every comment, we do love seeing and reading about how you get on with our #GSCAtHome activities. 🀳🏼

Glasgow Science Centre is an educational charity. For more information about #GSCAtHome, visit: https://www.glasgowsciencecentre.org/gsc-at-home

πŸ’₯ Issue 2 of The Spark magazine has landed!It's free and bursting with ideas to keep the kids busy over the summer!➑️ ht...
14/07/2020

πŸ’₯ Issue 2 of The Spark magazine has landed!

It's free and bursting with ideas to keep the kids busy over the summer!

➑️ https://bit.ly/TheSpark-Issue2 ⬅️

1⃣ Make your own glorious goo
2⃣ Create a secret message
3⃣ Meet an immunologist
4⃣ What's a cress monster?
5⃣ + puzzles & quizzes to challenge & entertain the whole family!

Pls share with friends and family you think would enjoy it! πŸ™

Missed Issue 1? Want to know more about The Spark?

πŸ’₯ Get the answers here: https://www.glasgowsciencecentre.org/the-spark

As an educational charity, Glasgow Science Centre wants to continue keeping everyone inspired with science.⁣ Thanks for all your support.

#GSCAtHome

14/07/2020
#GSCAtHome: Make Your Own Nebula in a Jar

🌌 Get crafty with your knowledge of space and make your own nebula in a jar!

You'll need:

πŸ§ͺ A small, clear container,
☁️ Some cotton wool,
🎨 Coloured water (water + paint or food colouring),
✨ Glitter

You could even turn it into a necklace with the addition of some elastic cord, like our CJ has, in this #GSCAtHome flashback video.

We'd love seeing your #GSCAtHome photos and videos. If you make a nebula in a jar, why not share it in the comments below. 🀳

13/07/2020
#GSCAtHome: Stalactites

In this episode of GSC at Home, we’re going to be putting our hard hats on delving deep into caves and caverns as we talk about stalactites with James!

Learn about what stalactites are and how they're formed.

To make your very own stalactite at home, you'll need: string, scissors, small objects for weighing down (weights, paperclips, etc), salt or any crystalline substance (baking soda, detergent powder), 2 identical glasses and a plate. Suitable for the whole family!

These take a while to form, but we'd love to see them when they're ready - leave a comment below πŸ‘‡

Coming up this week on #GSCAtHome:πŸ§‚ On Monday, learn about stalactites with James and make your very own at homeβ£β£πŸ’¨ Amy ...
12/07/2020

Coming up this week on #GSCAtHome:

πŸ§‚ On Monday, learn about stalactites with James and make your very own at home⁣
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πŸ’¨ Amy is with us on Wednesday to tell us all about the air around us and show us how to make your very own wind-powered vehicle
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πŸ”­ We're taking a tour of Venus on Friday with Andrew as we learn more about 'Earth's evil twin'⁣
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Tune in on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10am! We'll also be sharing some of our favourite past #GSCAtHome videos on Tuesday and Thursday.⁣ More details, including what you'll need to do these experiments, are available on our website: https://www.glasgowsciencecentre.org/gsc-at-home/coming-soon
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See you tomorrow at 10! πŸ‘‹

Another fantastic week of fascinating videos on #GSCAtHome this week! Missed any? Well, you're in luck - here's a handy ...
11/07/2020

Another fantastic week of fascinating videos on #GSCAtHome this week! Missed any? Well, you're in luck - here's a handy list πŸ‘‡

πŸ•΅οΈ On Monday, Sabah showed us how to make our own secret messages: https://www.facebook.com/Glasgowsciencecentre/posts/10157665028243789

πŸ–₯️ We learned all about computers on Wednesday with James: https://www.facebook.com/Glasgowsciencecentre/posts/10157676331718789

πŸͺ And on Friday, we found out just how big space is with Veronica: https://www.facebook.com/Glasgowsciencecentre/posts/10157680688543789

Next week's line-up coming tomorrow at 10 am! πŸ‘€

10/07/2020
#GSCAtHome: Scale Model Of The Solar System

Space is big. Really, really big. Even our little corner of it – the solar system – is billions of miles across.

Understanding such huge distances is tricky, and our brains aren’t very good at picturing what β€œbillions of miles” looks like.

In this #GSCAtHome video, we’ll explore just how big the spaces between the planets are, compared to the size of the Sun and the planets themselves. β˜€οΈβ†”οΈπŸŒ

Using some household items that show the scale of the Sun and the planets, we'll be able to see just how vast our solar system is!

πŸͺ You'll need some paper, pencil, toilet paper, and some objects to represent the Sun and planets (e.g. a football, pom-poms, seeds, hundreds and thousands, etc.), plus some adult supervision.

Share your scale models of the solar system with us in the comments below - we'd love to see how you get on! 🀳🏾

09/07/2020
#GSCAtHome: How to measure acidity

πŸ§ͺ Try some kitchen science, with this #GSCAtHome flashback, and measure the acidity of some common household items to test if they are acid or base.

⚠️ This chemistry experiment can be done at home, but requires adult permission and supervision. It's aimed at over 13s.

Using some common household items, we'll show you how you can test to see if something is an acid or a base.

πŸ‘©πŸ»β€πŸ”¬ You will need: safety glasses and gloves, red cabbage, tomato sauce, bleach, vinegar, fizzy juice, water, a bowl, and some clear containers.

Don't forget to record and share your results with us.

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ℹ️ Our friends over at Royal Society of Chemistry have some great resources to accompany this video. Head over and check them out:

πŸ’» TRY THE MEASURING ACIDITY EXPERIMENT ONLINE
If you don't have a red cabbage - please don't rush out to try buy one - you can experiment online without the mess in this virtual pH scale simulator: https://edu.rsc.org/resources/ph-scale-basics-simulation/1459.article

🌈 We also recommend this really good infographic from Compound Interest that'll let you compare colour changes with an indicator chart: https://www.compoundchem.com/2017/05/18/red-cabbage/

πŸ§‘πŸ½β€πŸ« For teachers in particular, you may find the following RSC resources useful for the classroom (SSERC risk assessed):

Making a pH indicator: https://edu.rsc.org/resources/making-a-ph-indicator/422.article

Red cabbage pH indicator: https://edu.rsc.org/resources/outreach-red-cabbage-ph-indicator/1214.article

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BY BUSStagecoach X19 (Govan Road / Pacific Quay)First Bus No 90 (Paisley Road West)McGill's Bus 23 and 26 (Pacific Drive)City Sightseeing Tour Bus (Pacific Quay)BY TRAINExhibition Centre is located on the Argyle Line with regular services running from Glasgow Central and Partick Stations. There is a covered walkway from the station to SECC, from where you walk past the Crowne Plaza Hotel and over the river to Glasgow Science Centre (5-10 mins.)BY SUBWAYThe nearest station is Cessnock. Exit the station and turn left, then turn right onto Brand Street and then left onto Lorne Street. Turn left onto Pacific Drive and the entrance to Glasgow Science Centre is at the roundabout. (10-15 mins.)

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Loved lava lamp experiment 😁
Sadly our astronaut didn't survive 🀣🀣🀣🀣🀣
Thanks for the daily dose. Here's James with the exploding bottle.
We tried the Lava lamp experiment and my little girl loved it
IS THIS ON TODAY?#
We're already social distancing and our three children aged 10, 5 and 3 thoroughly enjoyed the science lesson this morning. Thank you
Will it be a facebook live video? And what is the topic? Just wondering if suitable for my 6 year old Thanks x
The girls enjoying the whacky saloon at The Glasgow Science Centre
I know Glasgow science Centre hires out wheelchairs for those needing help getting round. We wondered whether mobility scooters are also available to hire/borrow? It would make all the difference in whether or not we can all visit as a family as the person in question has developed mobility challenges but is not yet mentally ready to sit in a wheelchair.
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