Terakki students were at the National Science Festival in Scotland

Our students in Grades 6 and 7 from both campuses participated in the Edinburgh International Science Festival which is the world’s first science and technology festival and one of the greatest festivals of Europe from April 5 to April 9.

Trips to the Old Town and the New Town

On the first day of the trip our students visited the Old Town and the New Town of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city since 1437, which are on the world heritage list. They learned about the interesting “Georgian style” architecture of the city which can be traced to the medieval period. They listened to the legends related to the Edinburg Castle, a historical monument, whose construction started in 1130 in the castle itself. They also had optical experiences at the Camera Obscura building.

Workshops at the City Art Centre

On the second day, our students visited the City Art Centre, the center of the science festival which is being organized every year during the first two weeks of April and has been attracting greater attention, and they enjoyed themselves working on science. At this center which was founded in order to raise scientists of the future by arousing curiosity and excitement and to be source of inspiration for them, our students listened to the instructions in English all day and participated in the workshops titled “Robo Constructors”, “ER Surgery”, “Unwrapping The Mummy”, “Mini Mechanics”, “Virtual Worlds”, “Blood Bar”, “Zoom Box”, and “Creative Littlebits Circuits”.

Visiting the Dynamic Earth Center and the National Museum of Scotland

On the third day they visited the Dynamic Earth Center. At this center they gained experience and learned about the formation of the earth and the universe, the formation of the earth from the Big Bang up until the present, and the changes that living and non-living beings of our planet have undergone through the interactive 3D and 4D demonstrations.

On the same day they explored the culture, nature, and history of Scotland at the National Museum of Scotland. At the same time they learned about the important inventions and works of art that guided the world history of science and art, the prominent scientists and artists who produced those works of art and science. They also saw significant works of the history of science such as the sheep Dolly, the world’s most famous sheep which was cloned; the steam engine invented by James Watt, whose name was given to the unit of power; and Newcomen Atmospheric Steam Engine, the invention of Thomas Newcomen, who made a great contribution to works of Watt. Moreover, they participated in the activities which were being carried out in the area for interactive science activities that continued in the museum throughout the Edinburgh Science Festival.

On the fourth day after visiting the city center of Edinburgh they came back to Istanbul.