Discover science at Aberdeen Science Centre's discovery day

Free themed day on March 14 will mark British Science Week 2020

Dolphins, worms, and birds will make for a packed programme at Aberdeen Science Centre’s annual Discovery Day this weekend.

The free event will be held this Saturday, March 14 as part of British Science Week 2020, with fun activities and stalls throughout the day for all ages.

The Duthie Park Rangers will be helping visitors to make a mini bird feeder and find out more about the birds in our gardens.

Aberdeen City Council will demonstrate how worms break down food recycling into compost, as well as running DIY craft workshops using recycled materials.

TechFest will be testing visitors’ engineering skills with a K’nex building activity and there’s also the chance to join the University of Aberdeen to find out more about STEM cells – and extract DNA from a strawberry!

Other stallholders include The Rowett Institute, JNCC, RGU, Marine Biodiversity Centre and Greyhope Bay.

British Science Week takes place from March 6-15, celebrating science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Elaine Holland, head of operations at Aberdeen Science Centre, said: “We hope to welcome hundreds of visitors for our annual Discovery Day, which is always a fun day filled with lots of different experiments and fun yet educational STEM activities for both children and adults to enjoy.”

The centre is undergoing a multi-million-pound redevelopment and is due to reopen in summer 2020, with Bancon Construction carrying out works at The Tramsheds on Constitution Street.

The centre’s redevelopment includes an extension and creation of a new mezzanine floor – almost doubling the exhibition space – and exposing the roof structure to allow natural light to flood into the building.

Ahead of the centre’s reopening, visitors can continue to enjoy interactive exhibits, inspiring activities and topical science events at 107 George Street while the work is being carried out.

The £4.7m redevelopment has been made possible by support and funding from the Inspiring Science Fund – a partnership between the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and Wellcome.

Additional support has been granted by Opportunity North East (ONE) and Aberdeen City Council.

Aberdeen Science Centre is open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and entry is free for all visitors. For more information on Aberdeen Science Centre, visit

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