January 2013: Electronics – Lighting Up!

January 2013: Electronics – Lighting Up!

Special thanks to Bob Kibble for running yet another fantastic Dunbar Science Club! We are also grateful to Young Engineers and Science Clubs Scotland for the free lighting up circuits. We started off the Science Club sessions by handing out a little bag full of electronic components, like resistors (to restrict the flow of electric […]

Adjusting the hangers. Almost ready!

December 2012: Bridge Building

With apologies for the Christmas-induced delay, here are the pictures from our great bridge-building day in December. Hopefully they were worth the wait! For this workshop we welcomed Andrew Collins, a Civil Engineer with his wonderful bridge building props and amazing, enormous suspension bridge model. We started out talking about the different stresses bridges are […]

Bob's Star Chart

November 2012: Astronomy

Two groups of excited and enthusiastic children met in Halhill for an evening of stargazing with Bob Kibble- huge thanks to Bob for providing us with this fascinating workshop. We were also lucky to get breaks in the cloud (for the first group) and rain (for the second) that allowed us out to see the […]

November 2012: Geology

November 2012: Geology

First workshop of the year! It was good to see many familiar faces, and exciting to welcome the new intake of P1s in, I hope they enjoyed themselves. Many many thanks to Fiona McGibbon of the ESEU, and husband David, who hauled rock samples, information sheets and a microscope out to school for our budding […]

The perennial favourite, the Van de Graaff generator

June 2012: Science at the Grammar School

A trusty band of children gathered at Dunbar Grammar School for the final workshop of the year, led by teachers Anne-Marie Gibson and Janet McDougall-Welch. This session comprised demonstration experiments in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, with a chance to use some of the laboratory equipment the children will have access to at senior school. There […]

May 2012: Science of the Seashore

May 2012: Science of the Seashore

What a glorious day! Summer arrived just in time for the gathering on East Beach armed with nets, buckets, trays, shorts and picnics. Marine biologists Dee and Ali Davison and Bill Sanderson, along with our Countryside Ranger Tara Sykes, took four groups out to the rockpools along Meikle Spiker by the old harbour. Surefootedness was […]

Swirling the white chocolate to give a marbled effect

April 2012: The Science of Chocolate

A little late, so for our avid fans, apologies for the delay! The school holidays being upon us, we were made welcome at the Dunbar Day Centre, which worked out perfectly with the kitchen easy to hand and the television room for viewing the chocolate process video (with extra thanks to Tim Sangster for technical […]

March 2012: Forensic Detectives

March 2012: Forensic Detectives

Another fascinating workshop where we learnt about forensic techniques, and got to be detectives ourselves, in the Case of the Missing Ice-Cream. First we learned about fingerprints, and how nearly everyone (identical twins excepted of course!) has a pattern of ridges on their skin unique to them. We looked at our own fingerprints by rubbing […]

Tin Foil Robot

February 2012: Robotics

One of the most exciting sessions yet was brought to us by Dr Jim Herd of Heriot Watt University and his Robokids project. A short talk about robots had us thinking about how they work, and the different sort of tasks they can be used for. Jim had brought a variety of robots with him […]

January 2012: The Chemistry of Colour

January 2012: The Chemistry of Colour

Another exciting Saturday, this time donning lab coats and goggles to do some properly wet and messy, hands-on chemistry to get everyone interested. Tim Sangster kindly ran this workshop, with his two able assistants Gillian and Jon, and a few parent helpers. We started off by talking about the molecules that make up water (polar) […]