South Scotland Science Providers

Science Venues to Visit:


Science Museums/Venues

Amazonia, Strathclyde

Scotland's largest indoor rainforest, offering fun and educational experiences. Visitors are given the opportunity to take part in animal handling sessions.

Centre for Life, Newcastle

Over a hundred exciting workshops available on demand on a variety of topics, as well as outreach workshops that will visit your school. The workshops are suitable from reception all through primary levels, and the Centre is happy to discuss bespoke workshops to suit your school's needs.


Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

Interactive Exhibits on all Aspects of the Planet, Workshops including: dinosaur detectives, the arctic, a journey into the rainforest, climate change and oceans.

Glasgow Science Centre and IMAX Cinema
Contains three floors packed with interactive exhibits as well as live science shows, planetarium shows, workshops and IMAX films.


National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Science gallery offering rich resources for learning and teaching, with a full programme of events for schools.

Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh
Varied, curriculum based sessions with a holistic approach to teaching science. Focus on participatory, experiential learning about the natural world, biodiversity and sustainability. Programmes include: teddy bears picnic, senses, plants we eat and rainforest adventure.


The Falkirk Wheel
Educational programmes, including a basin trail. An interactive exhibition and viewing gallery.

The Prince’s Foundation at Dumfries House

Create a varied learning experience for pupils on a day trip to the beautiful Dumfries House Estate, located in East Ayrshire.  Take part in a whole range of science linked activities including: learning about gardening, food production and healthy eating at the Education Gardens; agriculture and animal lifecycles at the Education Farm; apply STEM skills and knowledge at the Engineering centre; and enjoy the engineering and scientific enquiry play-park themed around the natural elements - Water, Air, Earth and Fire.  Outdoor STEM activities are offered across the estate and include geocaching, pond-dipping and bush-craft workshops.


The Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

Home of the second biggest telescope in Scotland. Tours catered towards schools, including: telescope dome, meteorite handling, moon phases and eclipses and stars and galaxies.


Zoos, Aquariums and Nature Reserves

Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre

Events and Exhibitions.


Edinburgh Zoo
Conservation of threatened species and habitats. A number of programmes for schools can be included in your visit, such as: cycle of life, bone detectives, endangered animals and rainforest explorers.


Deep Sea World
Aquarium. Includes classroom sessions tailored to specific year groups. Topic include: life in the sea, sharks and tropical rainforest.


John Muir Country Park
Area of coastline, salt marshes, woodland and grassland located near Dunbar. A haven to wildlife, especially plants, insects and birds. A full time countryside ranger co-ordinates the day to day management of the site.


North Berwick Seabird Centre
Wildlife Centre. Includes an education centre, workshops and education officer for school visits.


Butterfly and Insect World
Tropical Rainforest. Experience a tropical rainstorm, fish feeding, and animal handling and much more.

Science Workshops/Outreach:


Science Shows

Generation Science
Shows and workshops tailored towards specific age groups and curriculum requirements. Topics covered in the shows and workshops include: planet earth, materials, forces and electricity, biological systems and technologies.


Electric Lego City Workshops
The workshops encourage the development of amongst other things, Teamwork, Logical Thinking, Creativity and Practical Design.


Shell Workshops
All the workshops support 'Skills in Science - Investigating' in the National Guidelines. Topics covered include electricity, splash and flight.




The Royal Observatory Outreach
The Royal Observatory has a range of activities to bring to your school. Most of the activities are directly linked to the 5-14 Earth in Space curriculum guidelines; the others offer stimulating experiences and opportunities to test your skills.



Animal Shows

Curriculum based workshops for children. Hands on workshops featuring a variety of animals including snakes, tarantulas, lizards, scorpions and frogs. Zoolab has a network of fully qualified professional rangers.




Young Engineers & Science Clubs Scotland
YESC provides a wide range of science and engineering kits to feed curiosity and fire imaginations. Although the resources below are recommended for young engineers and scientists of primary school age, any of the resources can be adopted to suit a particular age range.