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Dr Bunhead's Exploding Easter Egg Show

Join Dr Bunhead for some serious Easter action with rainbow foam fountains, an Easter egg explosion and a bunny bazooka. Ages 7+.

George Square Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh

Fri 10 Apr

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Sat 11 Apr

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Big Bang Bash

An out-of-this-world party celebrating the wonders of space. Sample a space-themed cocktail from the Bar at the End of the Universe, discover the solar system in our portable planetarium then have a go at making your own space craft to take home. Challenge yourself to build an interstellar structure using Splatform, watch…

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Fri 10 Apr

£12 (£10) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Code Club Workshop

Join Code Club Scotland coordinators Martin Evans *and *Lorna Gibson for a full-on-fun, hands-on coding workshop. You'll learn how computer programming works using a fun card game and code your own game using Scratch. You'll try some interactive electronics and use supercool Makey-Makeys to make a piano out of bananas.

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Wed 8 Apr

£10 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Thu 9 Apr

£10 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Fri 10 Apr

£10 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

A crime has been committed; can you help us solve it? Become a forensic scientist in our special Crime Scene Investigation workshop. Study the crime scene and decipher the clues left behind by finding fingerprints, identifying soil samples and investigating blood. Can you solve the mystery and help us catch the…

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 6 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 7 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 10 more dates until 18 Apr

Ex Machina

  • 4 stars
  • 2015
  • UK/US
  • 108 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Alex Garland
  • Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander
  • UK release: 23 January 2015

Ambitious young coder Caleb (Gleeson) wins a competition to take part in a research experiment at the hmoe of his CEO (Isaac) – where he meets the experiment itself, robot Ava (Vikander). The ensuing battle of the sexes is played out through dramatic, witty and provocative discussion, making for smart, accessible and…

Filmhouse, Edinburgh

Thu 16 Apr

£10 (£8) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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Light Fantastic

Nature and Nature’s Laws lay hid in Night: God said ‘Let Newton be!’ and all was light. From the  fiat lux  of the Old Testament to the ‘idea bulb’ of cartoon convention, light has consistently been used as a metaphor for understanding, discovery and revelation. Join us on our opening weekend for an illuminating…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

£10 (£8) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Pioneer

It’s 2029. The first human mission to Mars disappeared without a trace. A reclusive Indian billionaire has funded Ghara I, a new attempt to achieve this dream. Follow two Russian brothers travelling across Siberia, a Dutch marine biologist on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean and two astrobiologists on the surface of Mars.

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Thu 2 Apr

£16 (£13) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Fri 3 Apr

£16 (£13) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Sat 4 Apr

£16 (£13) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

3 Bears

The three bears and Goldilocks cook up a wonderful porridge recipe in this sticky adventure. Presented by Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre for ages 3–7.

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Wed 15 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Thu 16 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Abouttimeyousaurus: Meet The Newest Dinosaurs

We are currently in the middle of a golden age of dinosaur discovery, with palaeontologists finding a new species of dinosaur somewhere around the world on average once a week! Just last year about 50 new species were found, ranging from one of the biggest long-necked dinosaurs ever discovered, to a four-winged dinosaur…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Peter Higgs in Conversation

Prof Peter Higgs  returns to The Queen's Hall in conversation with particle physicist and science writer  Prof Frank Close  as they explore the idea of bringing science to the masses, and the masses to science. How do the scientists doing great things best communicate their findings to engage and inspire the public? How…

The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

Wed 8 Apr

£10 (£8) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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Robot Brain Surgery

Get out your scalpel and soldering iron and learn the skills to give your favourite toy a brain transplant! Join Tom Ward from Tech Camp for this unique workshop, designed specially for the 2015 Science Festival, in which you'll replace the 'brains' of a simple toy. Everything is supplied, including a mechanical insect…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Tue 14 Apr

£30 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Wed 15 Apr

£30 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Splat-tastic

This interactive workshop invites you to get creative with chemistry and design your very own slime. Test its thickness and stickiness under the extreme conditions of our ‘Splat-o-Meter’ and perform high-impact investigations into how the appearance and properties of materials can change when a chemical reaction takes…

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 6 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 7 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 10 more dates until 18 Apr

Alex through the looking glass

Bestselling author and Edinburgh local  Alex Bellos  takes us on a journey of mathematical discovery with his signature wit and limitless enthusiasm. As he narrates a series of eye-opening encounters with lively personalities all over the world, Alex demonstrates how numbers have come to be our friends, how fascinating…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 17 Apr

£8 (£6) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Isaac, the Apple and a Bump of the Head

Not so long ago, a young man sat under a tree when' OUCH!', an apple landed on his head! Join storyteller* Mara Menzies *for an exciting exploration into the wonderful world of Sir Isaac Newton, who discovered the phenomenon of gravity. Come and try your hand at some fascinating gravity and anti-gravity experiments, and…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Jungle Safari

Put on your safari gear and embark on an incredible and memorable journey through the deepest, darkest regions of the jungle. Our team will help you discover the fascinating world of animal communication and learn more about the amazing range of sounds the creatures of the jungle make. Please note: this workshop is…

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 6 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 7 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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At the Fringe of Reason: Skeptics in the pub

Edinburgh Skeptics head back to the pub for Science Festival 2015. In the heart of the city that was at the centre of the Scottish Enlightenment, the Skeptics will consider a selection of topics relating to science, reason and critical thinking at the Banshee Labyrinth. Join them on Tuesday 7 April to hear about Animal…

The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

Tue 7 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Thu 9 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 14 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Thu 16 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Crop Circle

Have modern methods of agriculture and food production bred the nutrition and flavour out of our crops? Could their wild relatives be the genetic resource that holds the answer for putting them back? Join  Dr Wendy Russell  from The Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, with chef Neil Forbes and author and baker…

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

£8 (£6) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Forage on the Farm

Experience the delicious delights of the farm and find out what it takes to get fresh ingredients from the field to your plate. Take a tour around Gorgie City Farm with some foraging for food along the way. Once your basket is full you'll have the opportunity to cook up a tasty treat in the kitchen and challenge your…

Gorgie City Farm, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Sun 5 Apr

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 6 Apr

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 13 more dates until 19 Apr

Gender and the Brain

Is there such a thing as a ‘male’ or ‘female’ brain? Are observed behavioural gender differences hardwired, culturally imposed, or even there at all? And what might we be able to learn from people whose gender is not so easily defined? The BBC Radio Scotland series Brainwaves explores the science behind our everyday…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Fri 10 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

How to Build a Dinosaur!

Dinosaurs ruled the Earth for over 170 million years, but some of their skeletons defy our understanding of engineering principles, with their vast necks and giant bodies. Join Prof Phil Manning and Dr Victoria Egerton as they build a complete skeleton of Gorgosaurus, from the ground up, in under an hour. As they assemble…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 6 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 7 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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Hypergeometry: Maths in 4D

What is the fourth dimension and how can we try to picture it? Let maths blow your mind as you build amazing 4-dimensional shapes using Zometool, a plastic construction kit, exploring geometric shapes and what we mean by dimension. For ages 7–16. Ages 7+

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Sun 5 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 6 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 7 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Into the Impossible

Only a generation ago many modern devices were unimaginable and as techonology progresses, so does the reach of reality. All of a sudden the everyday incudes wonderous objects that were previous merely dreams. Invisibility cloaks, quantum physics, hoverboards and time machines sound futuristic today but what about…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

£10 (£8) / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

John Hinton's Ensonglopedia of Science

Expect a trip into the atomic nucleus and up to the moons of Jupiter. Expect iridescent beetles, stridulating psyllids and hermaphrodite water lilies. Expect the unexpected. And expected to rhyme. John Hinton has performed his musical comedies about Einstein and Darwin all over the world and has written songs for the…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Mon 6 Apr

£5 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Little Sparks

Get creative with circuits and discover what electricity does, working through challenges to create an electric-powered device. We’ll start things off simply by making an easy electrodough circuit, move on to the next level with a snap circuit board, before using your skills and knowledge to build your very own device.

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 4 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Mon 6 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Tue 7 Apr

Free / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

…and 10 more dates until 18 Apr

Mad Hatter's Tea Party

We invite you to take a trip down the rabbit hole and join us for a unique and enlightening tea party with the father of molecular gastronomy  Hervé This *and hosted by food writer Alex Renton.*Hervé is a physical chemist who brought gels, foams and innovative flavour infusions to the masses. Having deconstructed cooking…

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Wed 8 Apr

£15 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Science Festival.

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