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

Classes: P4–7
Cost: Free
Dates available: 6 Dec 2019 – 19 Apr 2020

Timings: 10:30/11:30/12:30/13:30 (60 mins)

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Join the battle against five tropical diseases and the parasites that cause them in this interactive exhibition and discover how scientific research taking place in Scotland is leading the way in this field.

Malaria, Guinea Worm, Sleeping Sickness, Schistosomiasis and Leishmaniasis affect 1 in 18 people in the world. These five parasitic diseases are among a range which the World Health Organization is aiming to eliminate, some as soon as 2020.

Scottish institutions – the Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research at the University of DundeeWellcome Centre for Integrative Parasitology at the University of Glasgow and Edinburgh Infectious Diseases at the University of Edinburgh – are at the forefront of these efforts.

What will pupils do during the visit?

Your free teacher-led visit will allow your pupils to explore the exhibition for up to 60 minutes. 

Download Parasites Teachers Notes

Secondary school? Visit our dedicated page.

Teacher events

Supercytes Teacher Training Event

Suitable for: Primary 67 teachers and Secondary STEM teachers 

Location: Studio 2, Learning Centre, National Museum of Scotland

Cost: Free of charge  

No of tickets: 24 max 

Timings: 14:0016:00

Dates: Fri 31 Jan 2020 

 Bookings:  Via Eventbrite

 Supercytes: the immune cell standoff is a game-based resource focused on the cells involved in inflammation, immunology and infectious diseases.

  • Designed for use in schools by medical research scientists from The University of Edinburgh Centre for Inflammation Research
  • Have fun with biology and encourage an early interest in science
  • Different formats for students aged 918
  • Introduce younger learners to white blood cells and how our bodies fight infection
  • Support older students learning basic immunology and inflammation biology
  • Integrated into the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence
  • Supercytes is now in use in over 140 schools

In this session you will:

  • Learn to use the Supercytes card games
  • Hear University of Edinburgh research scientists deliver the immunology & inflammation presentation
  • Ask questions about the science
  • Secure your free resource pack of games, worksheets, cartoons etc
  • Visit the museum’s Parasites: Battle for Survival exhibition

 All the Supercytes resources are free to Edinburgh and Lothians schools and to all teachers who’ve attending this training, regardless of school location. (One pack per school, while supplies last)

Recent teacher testimonials

"There was very little need for teacher prep. The pack was comprehensive and easy to use. I will use this resource again next year.”

"I know this will change learning in the classroom."

"The resources are professional-looking and I envisage captivating for students."

"I really like it. A novel approach to a complex area of Biology."

"Fun but at the same time educational. Hits numeracy buttons as well."

"There were multi-level approaches and accessibility for a variety of students of various literacy and numeracy levels."

"Lots of scope to use creatively in an interdisciplinary topic."

Refreshments from 14:00. Session starts 14:15.

Careers Hive Teacher Afternoon

Suitable for: Primary/Secondary Teachers
Cost: Free of charge 
Timings: 13:30 onwards
Dates: Fri 28 Feb 2020

Booking: Opens online in December

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. Booking opens in December 2019.


Parasites: Battle for Survival is presented in partnership with the Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research at the University of DundeeWellcome Centre for Integrative Parasitology at the University of Glasgow and Edinburgh infectious Diseases at the University of Edinburgh.

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