Science -- Your Future, Scotland's Future
Evening Sessions
Set up
Hall layout
Subject choice
Pack up
Evening sessions

When SCI-FUN visits larger schools, there may not be time to conduct all of the sessions in one day. In such cases, the Roadshow exhibits and show materials are left in the school venue overnight, and this affords us the opportunity of providing an evening session, open to parents, pupils, and the local community in general.

Evening sessions are an excellent way to involve parents in the science being studied by their children in S1/S2, or to give primary school pupils a taste of what's to come.

Hands-on Exhibits
The evening is split into two parts. We begin with a drop-in period of around thirty to forty-five minutes (depending on the overall length of the session) in which visitors have access to the forty or so hands-on exhibits, as shown below.
The hands-on exhibits
SCI-FUN presenters and student volunteers (and where available S5/6 helpers) are on hand to explain the principles behind the exhibits, and to give general assistance. (Click here to see images showing the more popular exhibits on the main Roadshow page.)
Science Shows
Tornado in a box
Ready to make lightning
Following the hands-on session, we present a (45-minute to one hour) show on a scientific subject, with demonstrations, multimedia displays and opportunities for volunteers to take part. The emphasis is on fun, and we try to get over to the audience our passion for science in general, and the ways in which it affects all of our lives.
Aeroplane struck by lightning
The particular show for an evening depends on the availability of equipment and university staff. In previous years we have supported two shows: Wild Weather, which looks at some of the extremes of nature, such as hurricanes and thunder storms – and in which we create a tornado and a lightning bolt in the school hall; and Powers of Ten, investigating the science of the very large (taking a tour through the solar system) and the very small (looking at cells, DNA and inside the atom).