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#EdSciFest Recommends... For Adults and Young People

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Date & Time
Saturday 4 – Sunday 19 April
24 hours
Age Restriction
Ages 12+

Recommendations | Ages 12+

#EdSciFest Recommends... For Adults and Young People

About the event

With everyone being asked to stay at home as much as possible, science communicators and institutions across the world over have stepped up to showcase the crème de la crème of science for everyone to enjoy.   

We’ve scoured the internet to bring you this list of great Springtime science entertainment. Here’s a summary of what you’ll find: 

  • Digital Learning – from simple coding to engineering to biology, it has never been easier to learn a new skill

  • Science Organisations - featuring images, articles and videos from some of the most iconic and prestigious science institutions in the world, as well as some local Scottish gems  

  • Live Science – live edutainment for adults to help people take part at home

  • Podcasts and Videos – choose to have your mind casually blown from your sofa through top-quality podcasts and videos about nature conservation to quantum physics and everything between   

You can also follow #sciencefromhome on Twitter for inspiration and ideas for home science from all over the world.

And finally, remember it’s OK to relax and do nothing too! The online world of discovery will be there waiting for you when you are ready. Stay healthy <3 

Each section is in alphabetical order. Our absolute favourites from this list are marked with ** 

For more ideas, see: 

#EdSciFest Recommends... for Teachers

Digital Learning


Labster, which provides virtual laboratory simulations aimed at high school students, has made its software free to all in response to current circumstances. Some 100 virtual lab experiments cover biology, chemistry, physics, engineering and general sciences, which you can explore at your own pace. To understand the value of scientists being able to practise techniques in a well-equipped virtual laboratory first before doing them in the real lab, watch Labster founder Michael Bodekaer's enthusiastic TED Talk about his innovative product.

Amazon Future Engineer has links to free online Computer Science Courses. From programming virtual robots using the CoderZ platform to using Earsketch, a free program that helps students learn to code through remixing music tracks online. Learn more about Earsketch and using the Python programming language here

The computer coding experts on this educational site talk you through coding instructions step-by-step so that you can "code, build, invent and animate" using the Scratch and Python programming languages. It's free to use and aimed at ages 8-18 but is accessible enough for anyone who wants to learn to code to use it. 

Science Organisations

The American Museum of Natural History is sharing a wealth of online content during lockdown. This includes virtual visits to the museum through Google Arts & Culture, and many other interactive sections and live events to explore.  

Observe Edinburgh's very own resident population of wild animals from all over the world. Explore the panda enclosure, peek at the penguins or spy on the tigers through the live webcams. It’s very relaxing watching animals just chilling out! 

Investigate different areas of science and explore the museum’s collections from the comfort of your sofa.  


The STEM Engagement section of NASA's website is packed with online games, videos about the science and history of space exploration, and science activities to try at home like downloadable printable paper models and 3D printing links.  

Interactive content and reading to support the Parasites: Battle for Survival exhibition which was showcased at the Museum before the lockdown. The exhibition highlights the 5 deadliest parasites in the world that, between them, regularly sicken over 5% of the worlds' population. 

The Royal Institution exists to help people understand the relevance of science to their daily lives. As well as online videos of their flagship Christmas Lecture series, their Youtube Channel features "the best science videos on the web".

A mini docuseries of 5-minute episodes produced by ITN and the Royal Society of Biology, hosted by Natasha Kaplinksy. It covers everything from the role of hedgerows in pollination and flood defence, to how synthetic biology is used to produce pharmaceuticals and consumer products.  

Check the Space Agency website to catch up with all the latest news from the UK's Space Agency that celebrated its 10th birthday on the 1st April 2020.  

Live Science

Regular Edinburgh Science Festival speaker and presenter of The Life Scientific on BBC Radio 4, Jim Al-Khalili, has promised to spend one hour a day of his lockdown time answering your science questions on Twitter. Visit his website for explanations of how physics explains life, the universe and everything.  

Steve Backshall

The TV wildlife presenter Steve Backshall answers your questions live every Wednesday morning at 9:30am from his Wildlife Homeschool on Twitter. 

Podcasts and Videos

Quality, explanatory, informal, live-action, fast-paced videos covering topics such as sleep, healthcare, sex & drugs, nature and food. Some of our favourites are “Why we sleep” and “How War hijacks your brain". 

Quality, concise, beautifully animated, crowd-funded videos that explain big ideas in science. Some of our favourites:  the Corona VirusWormholes and Loneliness.  

This relatively long-running BBC Radio 4 current affairs (and historical affairs too) production, conceived by Melvyn Bragg and producer Olivia Seligman, has every episode in its 22-year-old catalogue available to listen to online. Recent broadcasts on their Science Channel include the life and times of Nobel-prize-winning physicist Paul Dirac and our thousands-year-long relationship with the Evolution of Horses

**Institute of Arts and Ideas

The Institute of Arts and Ideas has an awe-inspiring collection of videos from the fields of philosophy, science and politics to help you explore new vistas of thought and feel connected to the greatest ideas in the world without leaving your home. Learn how ancient philosophy can help us tackle modern problems, explore our fascination with catastrophe and ponder if the modern world is bad for our mental health.

The Research Comms podcast aims to broadcast scientific research to the public in an entertaining and accessible way. Listen to Dr Peter Hotez talking about the importance of vaccines in the face of still-widespread anti-vaccine sentiment, or author Will Storr talking about "The Science of Storytelling". 

Podcasts and stories intended to reconnect people with their sense of fun and curiosity. Listen to Dr Jane Goodall reflect on 60 years of primate research and nature advocacy. Read how to become a Citizen Scientist whilst under quarantine.  


If you can think of it (and even more so if you can't), there will be a TedEd video about it. The lessons on the education channel for the online TED community - Technology Entertainment Design - are created in collaboration with educators, academics and animators worldwide to deconstruct complex ideas. 

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