MEMBER NEWS: Can you dig it? Uncover the Earth’s secrets at Aberdeen Science Centre this summer

June 21, 2023
MEMBER NEWS: Can you dig it? Uncover the Earth’s secrets at Aberdeen Science Centre this summer

Aberdeen Science Centre will be stepping back in time this summer, with the STEM charity aiming to show that anything is ‘fossible’ as it encourages visitors to find out more about how the world around them was formed.

Throughout July and August, visitors to Aberdeen Science Centre will be encouraged to see just why geology rocks through workshops and demonstrations, which will uncover how different rock types are formed as well as explaining how to identify different rock specimens. Visitors will also have the chance to dig for fossils.

Lynda McConnach, public and digital coordinator of Aberdeen Science Centre said: “Studying geology is an opportunity to step back in time. Looking at how the earth was formed and examining rocks and fossils provides a fascinating insight into the Earth’s past.

“It’s a chance to understand the processes which have shaped our planet over millions and millions of years. We are excited to bring the past to life this summer.

“We’ve got an exciting range of demonstrations and hands-on activities planned that will let visitors, young and old, get to grips with geology.”

The centre’s popular Science on the Spot segment is getting a boulder look for summer, transforming to Fossils on the Spot.

Lynda added: “Our talented STEM communicators will re-enact the formation of fossils and give visitors to the centre a chance to handle genuine fossils. We’ll also be looking at what happened to the dinosaurs, considering what happened to cause them to become extinct.

“We haven’t forgotten our younger visitors either. Throughout the summer, the activities available in our under-6s zone will include fossil-themed story sessions as well as hands-on activities for junior palaeontologists to discover more about fossils.”

Visit to book tickets to visit Aberdeen Science Centre this summer.

Based on Constitution Street near Aberdeen beach, ASC is home to almost 65 interactive exhibits, allowing people of all ages to discover topics including Space, Energy, Life Sciences, Engineering, and more.

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