DYNAMIC EARTH & THE BIG PROJECT: EXPLORE YOUR UNIVERSE; VALUING INCLUSION

Published On: 28th June, 2024

Dynamic Earth’s Community Team have been working with our community partner The BIG Project on a series of workshops exploring the themes of ‘Future Selves’, ‘Relevance’ and ‘Skills’ within STFC science themes as part of the Association for Science and Discovery Centres ‘Explore Your Universe: Valuing Inclusion’ project.

Across 3 weeks the Dynamic Earth Community Team visited The Big Project at Broomhouse Primary School, based in the Broomhouse area of Edinburgh, and delivered 3 workshops to the ‘Tuesday Club’ and the ‘ROOTS Club’. Activities covered topics including space skills and jobs, Scotland and space, rockets and satellites, and Infrared and the James Webb telescope. The Community Team were lucky enough to be joined by Dynamic Earths Planetarium Team in the 2nd week who brought the portable planetarium to The BIG Project, allowing the children and young people to star gaze and explore space in their own community. The BIG Project were also able to visit Dynamic Earth as part of the Explore Your Universe: Valuing Inclusion project and fully explore our galleries and planetarium.

Colin Holligan from The Big Project said:

“It was great having access to experts and exciting resources and activities from the Dynamic Earth team. Well planned and well delivered sessions meant that young members who already enjoyed and had an interest in science and space understood it better, and those who didn’t realise they were ‘good’ at science discovered and developed new interests and skills”

One young person from the Tuesday Club said:

“I didn’t know what infrared was so it was cool to learn how we use infrared to see in space and it was really fun being able to use real infrared cameras. I definitely want to learn more about other galaxies now”

Dynamic Earth had previously worked with The Big Project in 2023 and it has been fantastic to continue developing the relationship between the two charities through the Explore Your Universe: Valuing Inclusion project.

Lawrence Murphy – Community Learning and Engagement Officer at Dynamic Earth said:

“It was so lovely to see so many young people get engaged in space and technology science, particularly in their own community space. Many young people were unaware of the skills and career options in STFC science so it was fantastic to see many young people start to potentially see themselves within STFC science in the future.”

Explore Your Universe Valuing Inclusion is a national STEM project run by the Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC), funded by the Science Technology Facilities Council (STFC) part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).