Family fun day 2018


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

Ratho Coaches Luxury TravelCourtesy 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. 

Times: 2.30pm

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.


Time Location
09.45 Clovenstone PS
09.50 WHALE Arts
10.00 Heriot-Watt University
10.10 WHALE Arts
10.15 Clovenstone PS
10.30 Heriot-Watt University
10.40 Clovenstone PS
10.45 WHALE Arts
11.00 Heriot-Watt University
11.10 WHALE Arts
11.15 Clovenstone PS
11.30 Heriot-Watt University
11.40 Clovenstone PS
11.45 WHALE Arts
12.00 Heriot-Watt University
12.10 WHALE Arts
12.15 Clovenstone PS
12.30 Heriot-Watt University
12.40 Clovenstone PS
12.45 WHALE Arts
13.00 Heriot-Watt University
13.10 WHALE Arts
13.15 Clovenstone PS
13.30 Heriot-Watt University
13.40 Clovenstone PS
13.45 WHALE Arts
14.00 Heriot-Watt University
14.10 WHALE Arts
14.15 Clovenstone PS
14.30 Heriot-Watt University
14.40 Clovenstone PS
14.45 WHALE Arts
15.00 Heriot-Watt University
15.10 WHALE Arts
15.15 Clovenstone PS
15.30 Heriot-Watt University
15.40 Clovenstone PS
15.45 WHALE Arts
16.00 Heriot-Watt University
16.15 WHALE Arts
16.30 Clovenstone PS
16.40 Heriot-Watt University
16.45 Clovenstone PS
16.50 WHALE Arts

Key information

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