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

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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.

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Teacher events

Teachers’ Open Evening: Parasites after-hours event

Details

Session includes

Booking

Suitable for: Secondary Biology/STEM/Geography Teachers

Time: 16:15–18:30

Date: Mon 20 Jan 2020

Refreshments served from 16:15

  • Meet the exhibition curator 

  • Find out about the Scottish universities leading the way in fighting parasitic diseases

  • Explore how to embed the exhibition learning points in classroom teaching 

  • Pick up resources to use in class.

Cost: Free of charge 

No of tickets: 40 max

Book Open Evening

 

 

Supercytes Teacher Training Event

Details

Session includes

Booking

Suitable for: Primary 6–7 teachers and Secondary STEM teachers 

Time: 14:00–16:00

Date: Fri 31 Jan 2020 

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

Refreshments from 14:00. Session starts 14:15

  • 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 attend this training, regardless of the school location. (One pack per school, while supplies last)

Cost: Free of charge 

No of tickets: 24 max 

Book Supercytes Training

 

 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

 

Careers Hive Teacher Afternoon

Details

Session includes

Booking

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

Drug Discovery Workshop

This event is run in partnership with WCAIR.

Session includes

Timeslots

Details

As parasites such as malaria evolve and become resistant to existing treatments, how do we develop new drugs to combat these dangerous diseases?

In this workshop, you’ll meet researchers from the Drug Discovery Unit, University of Dundee and discover more about the process of creating new treatments. Working with experts from the fields of medicine chemistry, biology and pharmacology, you’ll go through the cycle of designing, making and testing just like in the lab.

 

 

 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: S1-S3

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

Date: Mon 27–Thu 30 Jan 2020 

Cost: Free of charge 

No of pupils: 25 per session max 

Book Drug Discovery Workshop

 

 

Parasite Profiling Workshop

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

Session includes

Timeslots

Details

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.

Session includes

Timeslots

Details

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 

Book Sleeping Sickness Workshop

 




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.

Session includes

Timeslots

Details

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

Book Malaria Workshop

 

Heal the World Workshop

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

Session includes

Timeslots

Details

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

Session includes

Details

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

Session includes

Details

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

 

Pathogen Diagnostics Workshop

This event is run in partnership with Edinburgh Infectious Diseases and members of the Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh.

Session includes

Timeslots

Details

In this hands‐on, experimental workshop, pupils will use real laboratory techniques 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

  • 10:30–11:20, 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 

  • 12:30–13:20, Workshop

*Space set aside in lunchroom for packed lunches

Suitable for: S1–3

Time: 10:30–13:00 or 11:00–13:20
(50-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 Pathogens Diagnostic Workshop



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