Variety is the science of life

9th March 2001 at 00:00
From building a hut to building a website, Deedee Cuddihy offers a guided tour of events for National Science Week

Royal College of Physicians amp; Surgeons, Glasgow. Hands-on in Medicine amp; Dentistry, March 16 and 19

Half-day sessions for P5s, 6s and 7s with doctors and nurses.

How science and technology are used to treat medical and dental conditions. Tel 0141 221 6072

Botanic Gardens, Glasgow, Bio Diesel from Chip Fat, March 19-25.

Exhibition and demonstrations for primary and secondary schools. How diesel fuel made from vegetable oils, algae and recycled chip fat can be used to power a car. Scientist Alastair Sutherland has run his own car on his own algae diesel. Tel 0141 331 3207

Summerlee Heritage Centre, Coatbridge

Picture This, March 19; Weaving Wonders, March 20; Steam Up with Tigger, March 23 Workshops for primary schools in weaving , simple camera making and photography, and steam power. Tel 01236 431261 Motherwell Heritage Centre, Picture This, March 21. Weaving Wonders, March 22

As above. Tel 01698 25100

James Watt College, Greenock Stimulating discussions plus Snap, Crackle and Pop and Other Simple Experiments, March 16-23

Lecturer Sara Lambard will be taking students to nursery and primary schools in the area to help with scientific experiments, including a demonstration of static electricity using a sheet of perspex, a woolly jumper and Rice Krispies. She recommends the website as an excellent source of fun ideas for simple science projects and experiments. Also film, lecture and discussion sessions at the college for secondary school pupils and teachers about ethical issues in genetics. Sara Lambard, tel 01475 724433

The Big Idea, Irvine

How ICT Can Enhance Science Teaching, March 19-23

Hands-on sessions and workshops for primary school teachers (pound;20). Software covering topics in the 5-14 curriculum.Short workshops aimed at developing ICT skills and how it can be used as a learning tool for teaching. Run by Learning and Teaching Scotland at the world's first inventor centre. Tel 08708 403 118

Eyemouth High School

Food for Thought: the Royal Society of Edinburgh Road-show, March 19-21

Pizza workshops for P7s, showing how yeast affects starch; how to discover the DNA of a kiwi fruit. A Curry a Day Keeps the Doctor Away is a cookery demonstration and science talk aimed at S1 and S2, illustrating the medicinal and health-giving properties of many of the herbs and spices used in curries. Tel: 0131 240 5000

Tweeddale Museum and Gallery Peebles In Touch with the Past, March 16-23 Multi-activity workshops for primary schools with an emphasis on technology, based on life in prehistoric times. Kids build a hut, finding out how people fed and clothed themselves and what they did for fun, and use pre-historic instruments to form a Stone Age orchestra. Tel 01721 724820

Crichton College, Dumfries

Dumfries Science Fair,

March 21-23

Satro West Scotland (Science and Technology Regional Organisation), half-day workshops and demonstrations. Primary science shows and hands-on fun cover light, sound, electricity and technology, among ther topics. Computing and biology workshops may be available for secondary school classes. Tel 0141 330 6396

Stranraer Museum

Wild, Wet amp; Wonderful Guided Field Trips, March 16-23.

Free field trips (transport provided) for local upper primary and lower secondary classes to a nearby peat bog to discover why they're there, what's in them and why they're important. Look for mini beasts and build a food web. Tel 01776 705088

Dynamic Earth,Edinburgh

Fun Workshops for Schools, March 21-23

Variety of workshops and activities for P1s to S2s including a Time Train trip back to the era of the dinosaur; looking at the night sky inside the Star Tent; completing a giant jigsaw and building a dinosaur's DNA with Lego. Workshop sessions are free and include admission to Dynamic Earth. Tel 01776 705088

The Discovery Centre, Dundee Antarctic Workshops for primary schools, March 19-21. Astronaut Workshops for secondary schools, March 22 National Science Week coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Discovery, the ship used by Scott on his first expedition to the Antarctic, and now in Dundee. Workshops led by Dr Julian Paren of the British Antarctic Survey focus on how scientists live and work in the Antarctic and how the world's last great wilderness is protected and kept free from pollution. The NASA space shuttle Discovery was named after the famous ship and American astronaut, Dr Bonnie Dunbar, whose ancestors came from Dundee, will lead workshops on her experience in space. Tel 01382 201245

Aberdeen Secondary Schools Wicked Waste Roadshow, March 19-23

This roadshow is bigger than ever and will be touring five Aberdeen city secondary schools, offering a choice of 15 workshops and activities to S1s and S2s and P6s and 7s in surrounding primary schools. Visitors can take part in an investigation into the contents of the domestic wheelie bin and how it could be reduced; how to harness solar energy; how to recycle everyday items and what happens after you empty a sink and flush the toilet. Tel 01224 627445 or www.scms.

Grantown Grammar School, Grantown-on-Spey

Science Fair and Community Challenge, March 23

The fair and challenge, founded and organised by the grammar school's principal science teacher, Dr Robert Murray, are annual events that local primary schools, businesses and community organisations also take part in. This year, the challenge is a mini buggy, powered by a standard size balloon issued by the school. There will also be a celebrity science lecture on March 16 at 11.30 am by Dr Bob Christie of Heriot Watt University. Tel 01479 872649

Internet sites A number of special internet sites will be available offering quizzes, challenges and other activities, such as the Risk Game at where visitors can find out how good they are at judging the risks we take in life. A schools' Treasure Hunt, with prizes, can be found on

and there is a secondary schools' Science Race 2001 on www.epsrc-sciencerace.nat. Also, there is help on the internet for teachers who want to enhance science studies using ICT on

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