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Science Education

Education exhibit

At Moredun we believe that it is vitally important that children are actively encouraged to get involved in science.

Our Education Group bring our interactive exhibitions to life as part of Edinburgh’s International Science Festival, which takes place in April each year.  Look out for our listing in the Science Festival Programme! 

We also run activities throughout the year so please do look out for these in our events section.

Further information on each of our exhibitions can be found below:

Tale of Two Squirrels

Scotland’s red squirrels are under threat. Why are our native squirrels struggling whilst the greys are thriving? Find out what can be done to help save our red squirrels.

This topic introduces children to the differences between the red and grey squirrels and explains why the population of red squirrels is decreasing. Is one type of squirrel better adapted to survive? Does habitat and diet choice have an effect? Or does disease play a part? Explore the answers to these questions and discover the impact non-native species can have on our wildlife.

Tale of Two Squirrels is a great introduction to biodiversity.

Curriculum links
Naturally our topics help to deliver science experience and outcomes, but they also have cross curriculum appeal. Tale of Two Squirrels links with the following areas of learning:

Science Experience and Outcomes:

  • Body systems and cells
  • Topical science

Also:

  • Expressive Arts
  • Literacy and English
  • Social Studies: People, place and environment

Age suitability
Moredun’s educational resources are suitable for a broad range of ages and abilities. With simple core messages and extension ideas, there is plenty of scope for the topics to be easily simplified or expanded upon if necessary.

Posters

How vaccination began

Poxviruses and the diseases they cause

Squirrelpox timeline

Squirrelpox virus in our red squirrels

Red vs Grey

Activity & information sheets

Furry facts and quiz

Leaf maze

Red squirrel sightings map

Wordsearch

Red squirrel information leaflet

Disease Detectives

Bacteria, virus or parasite; disease can be caused by a variety of different things. Featuring Buttercup the calf, discover how the cause of an illness can be identified and why catching the culprit is so important in order to provide effective treatment.

Using pneumonia as an example, Disease Detectives explains how disease can be caused by a variety of pathogens, how the correct cause can be identified and how this affects the best course of treatment.

This topic is an excellent introduction to microorganisms, how they differ from one another and how they can cause disease.

Curriculum links
Naturally our topics help to deliver science experience and outcomes, but they also have cross curriculum appeal. Disease Detectives links with the following areas of learning:

Science Experience and Outcomes:

  • Body systems and cells
  • Biodiversity and interdependence
  • Inheritance

Also:

  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Expressive Arts
  • Literacy and English

Age suitability
Moredun’s educational resources are suitable for a broad range of ages and abilities. With simple core messages and extension ideas, there is plenty of scope for the topics to be easily simplified or expanded upon if necessary.

Posters

Victor the virus

Pandora the parasite

Boris the bacterium

Biodiversity

Activity & information sheets

Colouring in

Make a detective hat

War of the Worms

Why are parasites that live in the gut such a problem? Using livestock as an example this topic highlights the trouble with gut parasites and the work that is being done to minimise their effect on animal health and welfare.

This topic is a great introduction to life cycles and parasites. It goes on to explain how parasites survive and multiply, and how animals can become infected and what that means for them.

Tale of Two Squirrels is a great introduction to biodiversity.

Curriculum links
Naturally our topics help to deliver science experience and outcomes, but they also have cross curriculum appeal. Tale of Two Squirrels links with the following areas of learning:

Science Experience and Outcomes:

  • Body systems and cells
  • Biodiversity and interdependence
  • Inheritance

Also:

  • Social Studies: People, place and environment
  • Literacy and English
  • Expressive Arts

Age suitability
Moredun’s educational resources are suitable for a broad range of ages and abilities. With simple core messages and extension ideas, there is plenty of scope for the topics to be easily simplified or expanded upon if necessary.

Posters

What is a parasite?

Where worms live

Why does a sheep have four stomachs?

How scientists find worm eggs

Roddy the Roundworm

Tina the Tapeworm

Vincent the Vampire worm

Activity & information sheets

Complete the life cycle - Roddy (blank)

Complete the life cycle - Roddy (cut outs)

Complete the life cycle - Roddy (with answers)

Complete the life cycle - Tina (blank)

Complete the life cycle - Tina (cut outs)

Complete the life cycle - Tina (with answers)

The Beast within Us

Some tiny bugs and beasties live within us. How do they get there, what problems do they cause and how can we avoid those that do us harm? Using toxoplasma parasites as an example this topic introduces these sneaky characters who have a clever way of ensuring their survival.

Toxoplasma parasites have successfully evolved to live within all warm blooded animals including humans. The Beasts within Us helps to raise awareness of this parasite and gives advice to help people protect themselves from infection.

This topic is a fantastic example of how disease can spread between animals and humans and how simple hygiene and food safety methods can help protect us from disease.

Curriculum links
Naturally our topics help to deliver science experience and outcomes, but they also have cross curriculum appeal. The Beasts within us links with the following areas of learning:

Science Experience and Outcomes:

  • Body systems and cells
  • Biodiversity and interdependence
  • Inheritance

Also:

  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Expressive Arts
  • Literacy and English

Age suitability
Moredun’s educational resources are suitable for a broad range of ages and abilities. With simple core messages and extension ideas, there is plenty of scope for the topics to be easily simplified or expanded upon if necessary.

Posters

General toxo introduction

Brave new mouse

Evolution & adaptation

Prevention of infection

Activity & information sheets

Toxo factoids

Play your cards right (higher or lower playing cards)

Colouring in

Healthy Sheep are Happy Sheep

Why do sheep get sick? Discover what makes sheep poorly and why this is a problem - not only for the sheep but for farmers and the public too. What role does vaccination and treatment have in helping to keep sheep happy and healthy?

Although based on sheep the key elements about disease are easily transferrable. Similar methods can be used to learn about diseases of other animals or even humans, whilst the topic can be used to open up discussions about vaccination or food production.

Healthy Sheep are Happy Sheep is a great introduction to health and wellbeing.

Curriculum links
Naturally our topics help to deliver science experience and outcomes, but they also have cross curriculum appeal. Healthy Sheep are Happy Sheep links with the following
areas of learning:

Science Experience and Outcomes:

  • Body systems and cells
  • Topical science

Also:

  • Health & wellbeing
  • Social Studies: People, place and environment
  • Literacy and English
  • Expressive Arts

Age suitability
Moredun’s educational resources are suitable for a broad range of ages and abilities. With simple core messages and extension ideas, there is plenty of scope for the topics to be easily simplified or expanded upon if necessary.

Posters

Understanding sizes

What Moredun does

Activity & information sheets

Things that make sheep sick (blank)