Dundee Science Centre

Local Children Go Beyond Infinity at Dundee Science Centre!

As part of a collaboration with Disney and Pixar, Dundee Science Centre is gearing up for an expedition to space this Summer to celebrate the science that inspired the new movie ‘Lightyear’.

Dundee Science Centre Space

Coinciding with the release of the blockbuster on Friday 17 June 2022, the Centre is running three out-of-this-world weekends featuring space shows, hands-on experiments, a ‘Lightyear’ inspired trail and real-life astronomy experts.  Events will run from 10am until 3pm on 18/19 and 25/26 June and 2/3 July 2022.

This project is being run by The Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC), with science centres and museums around the UK running a national programme of interactive, hands-on and in-person science engagements inspired by the movie.

Visitors, invited to arrive in space-themed outfits, can also make their own rockets, shaving foam planets and space mission badges!  Astronomy Experts from the University of St Andrews will also attend to talk about the current work on scientific topics explored in the film such as Exoplanets, alien life and more with activities and talks available to view and enjoy online for those looking to engage remotely.

Carlene Cura, Development and Fundraising Manager, Dundee Science Centre said, “The collaboration with ‘Lightyear’ gives us, and other science centres and museums around the UK, a fantastic opportunity to highlight and celebrate the science behind this intergalactic science fiction adventure.

“What’s out there beyond planet Earth is of eternal fascination to most of us, and we’re excited to build on the hype by creating a raft of activities, experiments to highlight the real-life science behind the film.”

Shaaron Leverment, Chief Executive, ASDC added, “Our national network of science centres and museums is excited to work with Disney and Pixar to celebrate and support the exploration of the science that inspired the new ‘Lightyear’ movie. To support the accessibility and curiosity of STEM, science centres are running a multitude of workshops, experiences, challenges and ‘Lightyear’ inspired shows about the mind-blowing concepts, big science questions and everyday STEM related to ‘Lightyear’.”

Dundee Science Centre will be open from 10am until 3pm on Wednesdays and weekends in June, and open every day, Monday to Sunday throughout July.

For more information, visit www.dundeesciencecentre.org.uk


About ‘Lightyear’

A sci-fi action adventure and the definitive origin story of Buzz Lightyear, the hero who inspired the toy, ‘Lightyear’ follows the legendary Space Ranger after he’s marooned on a hostile planet 4.2 million light-years from Earth alongside his commander and their crew. As Buzz tries to find a way back home through space and time, he’s joined by a group of ambitious recruits and his charming robot companion cat, Sox. Complicating matters and threatening the mission is the arrival of Zurg, an imposing presence with an army of ruthless robots and a mysterious agenda.

The film features the voices of Chris Evans as accomplished Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear, Uzo Aduba as his commander and best friend Alisha Hawthorne and Peter Sohn as Sox. Keke Palmer, Taika Waititi and Dale Soules lend their voices to the Junior Zap Patrol’s Izzy Hawthorne, Mo Morrison and Darby Steel, respectively, and James Brolin can be heard as the enigmatic Zurg. The voice cast also includes Mary McDonald-Lewis as onboard computer I.V.A.N., Isiah Whitlock Jr. as Commander Burnside, Efren Ramirez as Airman Diaz, and Keira Hairston as Young Izzy. Directed by Angus MacLane (co-director “Finding Dory”), produced by Galyn Susman (“Toy Story That Time Forgot”) and featuring a score by award-winning composer Michael Giacchino (“The Batman,” “Up”), Disney and Pixar’s ‘Lightyear’ opens only in cinemas on June 17, 2022.