This October half-term, Edinburgh’s attraction Dynamic Earth is inviting families to become Earth Explorers with hands-on activities including at the official launch day of the HLF-funded “51 Best Places to see Scotland’s Geology” project on 14 October.
This free event is run in partnership with the Scottish Geodiversity Forum and other partners from across Scotland including the Geoparks, Scottish Natural Heritage and Historic Environment Scotland.
On Earth Explorer Days (15-18) visitors can take part in activities in an augmented reality sand-box and drone simulator, make a tornado, uncover a dinosaur and get hands on with tropical bug and polar wildlife samples. From 19 -22 October special guests from the Scottish Mineral and Lapidary Club will give visitors the chance to become Rock Detectives.
Visitors will also get the opportunity to experience a temporary photography exhibition documenting the lives of environmental scientists living and working on board a research vessel as part of a scientific project exploring the impacts of climate change. The ‘Britice-Chrono’ project aims to improve our forecasting on how ice sheets are changing in a warming world, and how this is contributing to rising sea levels.
Eilidh Massie, marketing manager at Dynamic Earth said: “Exploring Earth’s different environments is a huge part of the Dynamic Earth experience and we are very excited to welcome so many experts in this field to talk to our visitors over half term. With help from the very latest in technology, the fully immersive activities will hopefully inspire youngsters to learn more about our amazing earth and maybe even one day become real life explorers themselves!”