West Scotland Science Providers
Science Venues to Visit:
Glasgow Science Centre
Free school admissions to primary schools, with exciting workshops, live science shows, glittering star shows - all enhanced by three floors of interactive exhibits, everything is hands-on and carefully designed to fit the needs of learners.
Glasgow Botanic Gardens
Glasgow Botanic Gardens, located in the West End of Glasgow and managed by Glasgow City Council is arguably the finest Garden in Glasgow, and is dominated by the recently restored Kibble Palace; a magnificent Curvilinear Glasshouse designed by John Kibble houses the National collection of tree ferns.
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.
Scottish Maritime Museum
Based in the West of Scotland, with sites in Irvine and Dumbarton, the Scottish Maritime Museum holds an important nationally recognised collection, encompassing a variety of historic vessels, artefacts, fascinating personal items and the largest collection of shipbuilding tools and machinery in the country. The buildings and sites which the Scottish Maritime Museum occupies are themselves part of the heritage collection. On their visit, pupils of all ages can: – Investigate their local and national history. – Discover fascinating vessels, objects and stories. – See STEM principles and discoveries in action. – Handle real historical objects. – Enjoy storytelling and outdoor learning. – Be curious, creative and inspired. – Experience a fun and interactive visit led by our friendly, trained and knowledgeable staff.
Located on the edge of Europe's largest wind farm, it is the place to learn all about renewable energy with hands-on interactive activities, and is the access point to lots of outdoor activities.
Zoos, Aquariums and Nature Reserves
Loch Lomond Bird of Prey Centre
A unique experience learning about the individual birds; see them close up, stand six feet from a Golden Eagle, watch the birds training or flying in their aviary compound.
A unique place for fun and learning for all ages, in an ever-changing environment discover the secrets of the vast Amazon Rainforest, stretching over 2.5 million square miles. Vast range of trees, vegetation & tropical plants in a temperature controlled environment. Also parrots, toucans, monkeys, snakes, bats, tarantulas, leaf cutter ants, tropical birds, butterflies, caiman crocodiles and giant millipedes.
Sea Life Centre, Loch Lomond
The Sea Life Centre combines active learning with fascinating talks and an opportunity to have a close encounter with a variety of marine creatures.
Heads of Ayr Farm Park
With almost 50 different types of animal, each with its own particular charm, come meet them, touch them and feed them!
Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve
The perfect spot to watch whooper swans, widgeons and a wide variety of ducks during the winter months. In spring, you won't want to miss the elaborate displays of the great crested grebes.
thinkScience offers educational, fun, inspiring and highly interactive science workshops, shows and events. thinkScience can visit your nursery or school to deliver an exciting and educational, science workshop or science show experience.
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.
Glasgow Science Centre Outreach
These engaging science shows, interactive workshops and amazing exhibits are the perfect complement to the Curriculum for Excellence Science and Health & Wellbeing outcomes.
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.