DYNAMIC EARTH ON TOUR: SHETLAND COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Published On: 5th April, 2024

Dynamic Earth is committed to providing compelling science engagement not just in Edinburgh, but across remote regions of Scotland where access to science centres can be challenging. Recently, two of our resident astronomers travelled to Shetland, where they toured around the isles visiting the public and school pupils with our inflatable planetarium.

A family day was held in partnership with UHI Shetland at their Scalloway Campus, which included regular performances of our in-house planetarium show ‘You Are Here’, where we saw the boundaries of human exploration and followed in the footsteps of some very special space missions. There was also a wide range of hands-on astronomical activities, including satellite arts and crafts, space story time, meteorite handling, LEGO robots and VR headsets. The event, which saw over 300 participants taking part in hands-on science activities, was covered by local press The Shetland Times.

Eleanor Hutcheon, STEM Coordinator at UHI Shetland said “Continuing our partnership with Dynamic Earth is a really exciting opportunity for us at UHI Shetland. We were delighted to host the planetarium and see so many people – young and old – at our Scalloway Campus on the day to explore the cosmos.”

James Fawcett, Planetarium Assistant Manager at Dynamic Earth, said:

“After the success of last year’s ‘Discover the Deep’ family day focused on Scotland’s deep ocean, we were thrilled to return to Shetland! For this years’ family day, we looked up ‘From Shetland to the Stars’ as our resident astronomers brought along their inflatable planetarium shows and out-of-this-world activities. Dynamic Earth is committed to a positive future for us and our planet and, through our national outreach programme, we aim to reach rural and remote communities across Scotland. It’s such an exciting time for Shetland, with Unst’s Saxavord Spaceport placing them right at the heart of the UK’s future space industry, and that’s before even mentioning how jealous we are of their dark, pollution free night skies! Many thanks to UHI for hosting us at the Scalloway Campus – we were blown away by the response and engaged with nearly 500 people on the day in addition to the 1000 pupils we met across 14 different schools on the isles!”

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