The Science of Flight

A free flight event packed with demos and drop-in activities will take place in Dundee this weekend (Saturday 28 November 2015).

In partnership with Dundee Science Centre, the ‘Saturday Science LIVE’ session, aimed at both adults and children, will give visitors of all ages the chance to build and fly rockets. The event will take place on Level 2 of Wellgate Shopping Centre (near BHS) between 1-4pm.

Saturday Science LIVE, which will also see one of the team don a real space suit, coincides with Dundee  Science Centre’s ‘Destination Space’ events, timed to coincide with the imminent blast-off of the European Space Agency’s first British Astronaut, Tim Peake.

This weekend, in Wellgate, visitors will learn, with the help of a hovercraft, how rockets work.  Visitors will then use their new-found knowledge to put rockets to the test with a quick and simple experiment that can be replicated at home.  And finally, the science of flight will be explored with the chance to make a paper aeroplane and launch it from an electric paper aeroplane launcher, learning why some go further than others.

Rebecca Erskine, Exhibition and Community Engagement Manager, Dundee Science Centre said, “Once again, we have a fantastic event planned which is guaranteed to spark visitors’ imaginations and create a few “wows!” in the process. We are extremely excited about Tim Peake’s blast off into space and these activities are a great and simple way to explain the science behind his six month expedition.”

Meanwhile, Peter Aitken, Manager of Wellgate Shopping Centre added, “This is another great chance for shoppers and visitors of all ages to learn something new.  Hearing and seeing local experts explain some of the basic science behind space travel really is an opportunity not to be missed!”

For more information on this weekend’s event, please contact Rebecca Erskine, Exhibition and Community Engagement Manager, Dundee Science Centre on telephone (01382) 868606.


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