Snow in July?

11 July 2012

Scotland has not had much of summer so far with the relentless down pour of rain and things are to get positively chilly as snow is forecast to fall over the weekend. As part of its Energise programme, Glasgow Science Centre will be exploring science at low temperatures during the ‘Cool Science Weekend’ topped off with 30 tonnes of snow.


Visitors to the Glasgow attraction will be able to chill out with a visit the snow beach to build snow castles and go sledging on an outdoor slope. Inside there will be wild sub-zero demonstrations with liquid nitrogen and dry ice as well as some tasty ice lollies made with liquid nitrogen. There will also be the chance to meet some snowy owls with a visit from Hoot Owls. Very cool!

‘Cool Science’ is part of the Centre’s new Energise programme which focuses on sport and there is a brand new set of interactive exhibits where visitors can compete with friends and family- race scalextrix cars using power generated by pedaling bikes, play our take on miniature golf but with a hockey stick, cut some moves on the dance floor, climb along the side of a building, try to drag a truck, have a go at ‘hang time’ or teeter along a balance beam all designed to test powers of balance, accuracy, reactions and agility.

Other special activities taking place of the weekend includes awesome street running and stunts from Glasgow Parkour , meet Darth’s imperial guard, stilt walkers and circus skills from Bright Night International, rock climbing on the 7 metre wall, get running tips from experts at Decathlon and Knoxy from Clyde 1 will be broadcasting from the Centre on Fair Monday.

Dr Robin Hoyle, Director of Science at Glasgow Science Centre said:

“Cool Science weekend is going to be just that- cool science. Visitors to the Centre know that we show science in a fun and entertaining way and this weekend is no exception. Sledging on snow in July, jaw dropping experiments with liquid nitrogen, racing scaletrix cars by cycling, storm troopers. All very cool if you ask me.

We opened Energise in June and it has been a big hit with our visitors and in particular the dads. They are loving the miniature golf, testing how fast they can kick a football and racing the cars. It is great to see families interact with all the new exhibits, having a great time and learning some science at the same time.”

Energise will continue over the summer and there will be more special themed events.  Also, in July get under the skin and meet experts from sport science including Professor Greg Whyte, former Olympic pentathlete, who trains stars like David Walliams, Eddie Izzard, Cheryl Cole and Chris Moyles to achieve amazing feats like climbing Kilimanjaro or running 43 marathons in 50 days. Plus in August it’s all about going downhill fast in for the Centre’s Gravity Games - try mountain biking on a purpose-built track, demonstrations of amazing bike skills and stunts by Savage Skills , compete to build a bike-trailer to carry your dad, plus skills workshops on gravity defying stunts and stilt-walking!

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