GCU hosts Glasgow Science Festival events

23 May 2012

GCU hosts Glasgow Science Festival events

The 2012 festival opens on June 5

Glasgow Science Festival begins next month with four of this year’s free, fun and friendly events being organised by academics from GCU.

Running from Tuesday June 5 to Sunday June 17 the event will see a huge range of science related shows, music, film, walks, talks and demonstrations across a huge range of venues in and around the city.

Older adults who wish to know more about their fitness levels are being invited to GCU’s ARC health and fitness facility for a ‘fitness MOT’ drop-in session between 9 – 12 on Tuesday June 12 and Thursday June 14.

Professionals from the School of Health and Life Sciences will gauge a range of  older person’s attributes – including strength, balance and flexibility – offering peer group comparisons, alongside hints and tips on how to improve activity levels.

Family day out ‘The Health of the City’ event is being held in the People’s Palace on Glasgow Green on Sunday June 17 between 12.00 -16.00. Historians from GCU’s Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare will be on hand to reveal the unnerving truth about the city’s public health in days gone by and draw parallels with efforts being made to improve the issue today. Film footage, an exhibition, and other dynamic activities will complete the day out.

A series of sessions for S3 and S4 pupils between 10 -12 on Thursday June 7, Friday June 8, Monday June 11 and Wednesday June 13, will reveal, through games and activities, how the eyes work and what amazing tools they can be.

Primary school pupils from P4 - P7 will get the chance to pull a human body apart then put it back together again during The Human Body In Action between 10 – 11.30 on Wednesday June 6, Thursday June 7, Tuesday June 12, Wednesday June 13, Thursday June 14. Children will go on a journey of discovery through the wonders of the living body.

Dr Deborah McNeill, Director, Glasgow Science Festival, said: “Glasgow Science Festival began in 2007 with the aim of showcasing the outstanding contribution Glasgow and its researchers make to the fields of science, engineering, maths and medicine.

“Within five years we have grown to be one of the largest science festivals in the UK. Glasgow Caledonian University has been developing and delivering high quality schools and community engagement activities for many years and we were delighted to welcome the university as festival partners.” 

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