We left Busby bright and early on Wednesday 15th March. The journey to Edinburgh took around and hour and a half and we arrived at our first venue, Dynamic Earth, at 10.15am.
We had a quick snack and left our bags and lunchboxes in the storage boxes. We split into two groups and prepared to begin our journey back to the very beginnings of the universe …
After witnessing The Big Bang, we travelled to the Polar Ice caps. This was a very popular section of the tour with everyone trying to see how long they could keep their hands on the iceberg!
We then plunged through the depths of the ocean and explored the wonders of the deep seas.
We them enjoyed a 3D show which took us from the Arctic Tundra to the African plains. It even snowed on some of us! On the final stop of our tour we learned about the amazing wildlife that inhabits the Rainforest.
We then returned to the cafe area to have lunch. After we had eaten, it was time for our workshop, ‘Space Is Big’.
Using lego, we had to design our own vehicles to cross various terrains.
After the workshop, we made our way to the huge Showdome and we watched a documetary about space, narrated by David Tennant.
Dynamic Earth was amazing – I’ve never been anywhere like that before.
My favourite activity was the visit to Dynamic Earth. It was my first visit and I hope I can go back.
I really enjoyed the Showdome film – the screen was huge!
I loved touching the iceberg – it was freezing.
We left Dynamic Earth and made our way up Holyrood Road to Cowgate and the hostel.
We left our bags at the hostel and made the short walk to the National Museum of Scotland. The museum is huge and you could easily spend a full day or more exploring the various exhibits and galleries. As we only had just over 2 hours, we explored the STEM galleries.
The ‘Hamster Wheel’ was a huge hit – most of the kids (and some of the adults) exhausted themselves trying to turn on all the lights by pure leg power.
After a visit to the gift shop, we returned to the hostel and went into our apartments to get ready for dinner. We passed by Greyfriars Bobby on the way.
Pupils were asked to write a Trip Advisor style review of our accomodation:
3 out of 5 stars
The hostel was close to a lot of the venues we visited. The beds were quite comfy but a bit creaky. There was a lot of noise from outside. It was great fun to stay in dorms with our friends and the kitchens were nice. We enjoyed making our breakfast in the morning. The hostel was good value for money.
Once everyone had changed, we set off for Frankie and Bennys, which was located a short walk away on High Street.
When we reached the restaurant, we were all pleased to be seated upstairs with the whole floor to ourselves. Everyone enjoyed their meal with the boys in particular being very pleased by the generous portion sizes.
After dinner, we returned to the hostel and got ready for bed. It had been a very busy, fun and tiring first day.
We all woke up bright and early on Thursday to prepare breakfast and prepare the packed lunches for Day 2.
The group split in two, with half going to the Royal Observatory and the other making the short journey to Camera Obscura.
The walk to the Observatory was made with minimal complaining. It did take nearly an hour to get there but everyone enjoyed the steep climb through the park at the end of the walk.
Matt from the Education team at the Observatory was a great host and we learned a lot about Tim Peake’s experience on the International Space Station. If you want to know anything about going to the toilet in space or what astronauts drink, the children will now be able to tell you! After the presentation, pupils enjoyed a rocket making workshop and we set them off in the grounds of the Observatory.
The second activity on Day 2 was a visit to Camera Obscura which is situated beside Edinburgh Castle.
Everyone was amazed by how simple the technology behind the Camera Obscura is and it was great fun lifting people and cars using small pieces of card at the end of the show.
After the Camera Obscura show, there was plenty of time to explore the other floors of the venue. The Vortex tunnel and the mirror maze were very popular with everyone.
Camera Obscura is well worth a visit and overall was the favourite activity of the group.
We left Edinburgh just before 4.30pm and got back to Busby at 6.30pm. Staff and pupils agreed it was an outstanding trip.