GLASGOW Science Centre closed its doors to the public this week, but the team decided they couldn’t let science boffins miss out.

Every day at 10am we’ll be putting new science content online. It could be videos of experiments from our science theatre, blogs, challenges or podcasts.

We’re asking everyone to use #GSCAtHome so we can have conversations on social media and see the results of at home experiments, or answer questions and give more detail about the science behind a particular bit of content.

Anyone with internet access can tune in to the Glasgow Science Centre website each day at 10am and join us for some exciting science.

We’re just one place to find fun science content, and we thought Glasgow Times readers might appreciate some more suggestions.

For kids: Maddie Moate

Maddie Moate reminds us a lot of our science communicators, who are the enthusiastic, turquoise-T-shirted team that is always on hand at Glasgow Science Centre to explain our exhibitions to visitors.

Maddie’s science videos have been watched by more than 40 million people, and you can find lots of them on YouTube (as well as Cbeebies).

They’re an excellent way to keep kids entertained and engaged with science – she has videos about amazing animals, robots, how things like Lego are made and more. Just type Maddie Moate into YouTube and her channel will come up – and we always recommend you have parental controls on YouTube before handing the tablet or phone over to your youngster.

BBC Bitesize

This has online resources, quizzes and more for primary and secondary-aged pupils or anyone who wants to brush up their high school chemistry, biology or computing science! Have a go on the National Five page and see if you can remember anything about a subject you once got an A in.

For grown ups: Open Learn

Open Learn is the Open University’s home for learning online. It has thousands of free courses available and you can dip in and out. There are no course requirements, all you need is a way to get online.

They have courses in languages, history and the arts, but of course we’re most interested in the science content. You can brush up your maths, learn about the moon or find out how engineers make bridges safe. The courses go from one hour to many sessions long; definitely worth a look.

Ted Talks

Ted Talks are an easy and entertaining introduction to some of the biggest questions being asked – and answered – by some of the world’s top scientists.

You can find out how gut microbes affect our health, finally get your head round Einstein’s theories and how viruses and vaccines operate, which will be a very popular topic at the moment. Go to, click on science and then choose some talks.

Science Scotland

The Royal Society of Edinburgh’s motto is ‘knowledge made useful’, and their online magazine, Science Scotland, certainly lives up to that.

On the website you can learn about the Scotland-based research and innovation that is changing our world. This is one for people who are already knowledgeable about science or who want to push themselves and take their interest to a new level.


We’re all space boffins at the Glasgow Science Centre, probably because we have our planetarium to take immersive tours through space whenever we please.

While the planetarium is closed, stargazers can head to for their astronomy fix. There are podcasts, amazing images from our galaxy and beyond, apps and live-streamed programmes on NASA TV. There’s even a NASA kids club with games and quizzes and an astronaut application guide!


If you prefer to listen than read, we have some science podcasts to recommend.

In episodes of the Life Scientific, Jim Al-Khalili interviews scientists who are shaping our future and explaining our present. It focuses on the scientist at hand, how they got into science and what they’re working on. It’s science with storytelling, a great listen for teens upwards.

Films and TV

Films and television programmes don’t always get the science quite right, but they’re fun to watch and can spark debate and interest!

Just be sure to come back to the science centre once we’re open again and we’ll advise whether they got it right.

We love Dr Who and Blue Planet, as well as films like Star Wars, the Martian and Deep Impact.

Science helps us solve problems and take care of people, which is more important than ever. We’ll see you all online at 10am each day and you can discuss all things science with us on social media using #GSCAtHome.