Get hands-on with cutting edge research at Heriot-Watt. As part of Heriot-Watt's Year of the Sea, we will transform Oriam, Scotland's National Performance Centre for Sport, into an underwater world, creating a day out packed with workshops and interactive events.
Take a virtual reality tour, see how microbes clean up oil spills, explore how our scientists work with light and sound, and much more! Out-of-the-sea activities will include robot construction, froth, foam and bubbles and creating your own blueprint.
As well as getting messy and creative, you can take part in a series of scientific challenges to unlock our underwater world, winning prizes as you go.
Age: All Ages
Date: Saturday 14 April
Time: 10am–4pm | drop-in
Venue: Oriam (directions)
Free parking - Free entry - Indoor picnic area - Bistro - Inflatable fun
Courtesy of Ratho Coaches, we will also be offering free shuttles from Clovenstone and Westerhailes
Free Shuttle every 30 mins 9.45 am - 4.15 pm
Pick-up points: Clovenstone Primary School WHALE Arts (timetable below)
Workshops Available (squash courts)
Orsom the Octopus - Age 3 - 8
Fun, educational and interactive session about the amazing lives of octopuses using props, imaginative play, games and music.
Times: 10.15am, 11.15am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm
Robot Assisted Surgery - All Ages
Discover how robot assistants can help you perform keyhole surgery! You'll find demonstrations and explanations to help you find out about what it feels like to be a surgeon. You'll even have the chance to try out the laparoscopy training box, watching how robots can help make moving surgical instruments more accurate and precise.
Times: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm
What's for Snack? Age 2+
Courtesy of the Scottish Seabird Centre, Craig the Crab enjoys sing-a-long fun, exploring the issue of marine litter.
Show the chemiluminescence! Age 8+
Chemistry is fun, but especially when it glows! Come watch some glowing chemistry, then become a chemist yourself by making your own glow sticks!
Times: 1.30pm, 2.30pm
Drop ins (Astrodome)
- Marine touch tank
- Drive your own ROV
- Cyanocite Printing
- 3D holograms
- Froth, Foam and Bubbles
- Smartphone microscopes
- Lighting up the Lung
- Fun with Slime
- Deepwater Disaster
- Science in a Suitcase
- Robot Petting zoo
- Waves of Light and Sound
- Virtual reality
- Network Roulette
- Giant Tetradome
- Atomic Architects
- Face Painting
- Plastic Fantastic 3D printing
Discover how 3D printers work and how many things can be done with them.
Scrap plastic pellets are recycled into plastic filament that can be used to build part by 3D printing. You can have also a go with the 3D pens, that allow you to build 3D objects with molten plastic.