Visit this interactive STEM exhibition to discover more about fight to eradicate five neglected parasitic tropical diseases.

Classes: S1–6, particularly relevant for Biology/Human Biology/Geography classes
Cost: Free
Dates available: 6 Dec 2019 – 19 Apr 2020

Primary class? Find out more workshops for P4-7

Workshops and Events

Book a free teacher-led visit to the exhibition or one of our many free activities below. Each group taking part in a workshop will be allocated a 30 minute visit to the Parasites exhibition, plus 30 minutes to explore the museum’s Science & Technology galleries.

Download Parasites Teachers Notes

Download A Question of Taste Trail for use in Parasites exhibition and wider museum galleries.

Teacher events

 

Careers Hive Teacher Afternoon

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Suitable for: Primary/Secondary Teachers

Time: 13:30 onwards

Date: Fri 28 Feb 2020

Join our Teacher Afternoon with Edinburgh Science Learning, as part of secondary students careers event Careers Hive.

Enjoy a free afternoon of discussions, networking and cake.

Cost: Free of charge 

Book Careers Hive Teacher Afternoon


 

 

School Workshops - spaces remaining

 

Heal the World Workshop

This event is run in partnership with the School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee public engagement team.

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Can you save humanity? A deadly disease has broken out which could easily go global. How do scientists in real life tackle this kind of medical emergency?

This workshop introduces pupils to the challenges faced by people working in parasitology in the field. How do you fight local infections, while balancing a budget and working within strict time pressures? How do you get the best out of a team and what skills are needed? Pupils will work collaboratively to develop solutions to the twists and turns of an outbreak of disease which, if unchecked, can spread rapidly with devastating results.

Class A

  • 10:30-11:45, Workshop

  • 12:00-12:30, Lunch*

  • 12:30-13:00, Visit Science & Technology galleries

  • 13:00-13:30, Visit Parasites exhibition

Class B

  • 10:15-10:45, Visit Parasites exhibition

  • 10:45-11:15, Visit Science & Technology galleries

  • 11:30-12:00, Lunch*

  • 12:15-13:30, Workshop

*Space set aside in lunchroom for packed lunches

Suitable for: S3/National 4-S4

Time: 10:15–13:30 or 10:30–13:30 
(75 mins workshop, 60 mins exhibition visit)

Date: Mon 17-Wed 19 Feb 2020

Cost: Free of charge  

No of pupils: 20 per session max 

Book Heal the World Workshop

 

Careers Hive

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An immersive careers event for S1–3 students presented by Edinburgh Science Learning. Find out more about researchers working in Parasitology through their activity in the Grand Gallery at the Museum.

Suitable for: S1–3

Time: 3 hours

Date: Mon 24–Sat 29 Feb 2020

Cost: Free of charge  

No of pupils: Up to 600 pupils per day

Book Careers Hive with Edinburgh Science

 

Careers Hive Open Day

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Join Edinburgh Science Learning for a range of drop-in activities highlighting exciting careers and opportunities in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) industries. This unique, interactive event is for young people aged 11+. Featuring a section dedicated to Parasites.

Find out more about the Careers Hive Open Day

Suitable for: Families with young people aged 11+

Time: 10:00–16:00

Date: Sat 29 Feb 2020

Cost: Free of charge  

Booking: Not required, drop-in event

 

Outbreak Lab Workshop

This event is run in partnership with the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute, Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre and Edinburgh Infectious Diseases.

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In this hands‐on, experimental workshop, pupils will use real laboratory techniques from Easter Bush Outreach Centre to track the outbreak of an infectious, parasitic disease.

They will use micropipettes and other lab equipment to perform a mock diagnostic test, supported by scientists from The Roslin Institute and Edinburgh Infectious Diseases. Pupils will work as a group to interpret their results and agree on a recommended course of action.

The session also covers some of the science behind disease diagnosis and how parasitic diseases can spread between animals and humans and gives pupils the opportunity to meet and interact with professional scientists who are working on infectious diseases. 

Class A

  • 10:30–11:30, Workshop

  • 11:30–12:00, Visit Parasites exhibition

  • 12:00–12:30, Visit Science & Technology galleries

  • 12:30–13:00, Lunch*

Class B

  • 11:00–11:30, Visit Parasites exhibition

  • 11:30–12:00, Visit Science & Technology galleries

  • 12:00–12:30, Lunch 

  • 12:30–13:30, Workshop

*Space set aside in lunchroom for packed lunches

Suitable for: S1–3

Time: 10:30–13:00 or 11:00–13:20
(60-minute workshop, 60-minute exhibition & gallery visit) 

Date: Tue 3 – Thu 5 Mar 2020

Cost: Free of charge  

No of pupils: 24 per session max 

Book Outbreak Lab Workshop

School Workshops - fully booked

Email schools@nms.ac.uk to check if there are any cancellations for these sessions below



Parasite Profiling Workshop

This event is run in partnership with The University of Edinburgh. 

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This session is now fully booked, but if you are interested in sharing a session with another school and you would be bringing less than 20 pupils, please email schools@nms.ac.uk
 
A hands-on DNA profiling experiment using laboratory-grade equipment. In a simulated scenario, pupils will use micropipetting and gel electrophoresis to investigate which species of Plasmodium parasite is present in a sample from an infected malaria patient.

 

 Class A 

  • 10:15–12:30, Workshop

  • 12:30–13:00, Lunch (space set aside in lunchroom for packed lunches)

  • 13:00–13:30, Visit Science & Technology galleries – teacher-led

  • 13:30–14:00, Teacher-led visit to Parasites exhibition

Class B

  • 12:30–13:00, Lunch (if required)

  • 13:00–13:30, Visit Parasites exhibition

  • 13:30–14:00, Visit Science & Technology galleries

  • 14:00–16:15, Workshop

Suitable for: Higher and Advanced Higher Biology & Human Biology

Time: 10:15–14:00 or 12:30–16:15
(2 hours, 15-minute workshop, 1-hour exhibition & gallery visit)

Date: Mon 3 – Wed 5 Feb 2020

Cost: Free of charge  

No of pupils: 24 per session max 

 

 

  

Testing for Sleeping Sickness Workshop

This event is run in partnership with the Wellcome Centre for Integrative parasitology, the University of Glasgow.

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This session is now fully booked, but if you are interested in sharing a session with another school and you would be bringing less than 20 pupils, please email schools@nms.ac.uk

Sleeping sickness is an important parasitic disease found in sub-Saharan Africa and transmitted by the bite of an infected tsetse fly. Early diagnosis is important. Sleeping sickness is diagnosed by testing samples of blood and cerebrospinal fluid for the presence of the trypanosome parasite.

In this session, pupils will work with researchers and postgraduate students to run a ‘mock’ agglutination test that mimics the test carried out in the field and medical centres. We will also discuss current treatments for sleeping sickness, and consider some of the problems scientists have encountered in trying to eliminate this disease.

 

 

Class A

  • 10:15–11:30, Workshop

  • 11:30–12:00, Visit Science & Technology galleries

  • 12:00–12:30, Visit Parasites exhibition

  • 12:30–13:00, Lunch* 

Class B

  • 11:00–11:30, Visit Parasites exhibition

  • 11:30–12:00, Visit Science & Technology galleries

  • 12:00–12:30, Lunch* 

  • 12:30–13:45, Workshop

*Space set aside in lunchroom for packed lunches

Suitable for: Nat 5, Higher and Advanced Higher Biology & Human Biology

Time: 10:15–13:00 or 11:00–13:45
(75-minute workshop, 60-minute exhibition visit)

Date: Tue 18–Wed 19 Feb 2020

Cost: Free of charge  

No of pupils: 25 per session max 

 

 




What is Malaria Workshop

This event is run in partnership with Edinburgh Infectious Diseases and members of the School of Biological Sciences at The University of Edinburgh.

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This session is now fully booked, but if you are interested in sharing a session with another school and you would be bringing less than 20 pupils, please email schools@nms.ac.uk

Pupils will work with professional researchers to diagnose and treat malaria infections.  They will examine sample blood smears from infected patients, then interview a mock ‘patient’ with malaria to find out how the infection can make people feel.

Pupils will be tasked to select the right treatment for their patient and to advise them on how to reduce their chances of infection in the future

 

Class A

  • 10:30–11:30, Workshop

  • 11:30–12:00, Visit Science & Technology galleries

  • 12:00–12:30, Lunch*

  • 12:30–13:00, Visit Parasites exhibition

Class B

  • 11:00–11:30, Visit Science & Technology galleries

  • 11:30–12:00, Visit Parasites exhibition

  • 12:00–12:30, Lunch*

  • 12:30–13:30, Workshop

*Space set aside in lunchroom for packed lunches

Suitable for: S1–3

Time: 10:30–13:00 or 11:00–13:30
(60-minute workshop, 60-minute exhibition & gallery visit)

Date: Mon 17 – Wed 19 Feb 2020

Cost: Free of charge  

No of pupils: 24 per session max

 

Header image: Looking at research images © Julia Wcislo at the University of Dundee

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