#OurWorld Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh, Scotland!

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I am currently on holiday leave from work, and I’d like to share a place we visited this week which I think is perfect for the #OurWorld posts. 

Dynamic Earth is an educational, interactive visitor attraction about Earth. From the moment you walk in the door to the exhibition, you step back in time. The first place you enter is a large room which looks like an old classroom.

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There are various rock samples to see and touch as well as plenty to read. You are presented with a chalkboard and a dark empty space surrounded with black and white photographs. Suddenly in the black space, a man appears and begins a lecture.

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He is a holo-projection! As he speaks, the black and white photographs come to life and converse with him! Even the chalkboards are animated! Straight away you are hit with the innovative style of the place. So much information is packed into this single room.

When the exhibit comes to a close, you are free to wander around the second room. Again, it is full of information and central to the room is a huge ball with a projection of the Earth on it.

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This exhibition explains tectonics and such and the holo-globe shows this in animation. Once before when I visited, this part of the centre was about the solar system and the holo-globe was interactive. On it you could place the planets and I had no end of fun with it!

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Once you have explored the second room, you are then invited to step into the Time Machine. This is a huge elevator with glass windows. It doesn’t go up and down like a conventional elevator, it goes back and forth in time! A little like the TARDIS! In the glass panels you can see beautiful animations displayed as the entire room shudders to simulate movement. It is pretty cool!

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When you leave the Time Machine, you enter what is supposed to be a spaceship taking you on a journey through the cosmos. I love these exhibits. While not interactive, videos are displayed on three large screens which give the impression of being inside a ship.

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Leaving there, you head into another ship which takes you on a journey into tectonic plates! The floor has a rumble road which triggers when you *ride* the tectonic plate in the displayed video. It is truly magical.

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By far my favorite room of the tour experience is the ice room. The decor of the room gives the impression of sitting on ice and snow. Two bench seats sit before three HUGE screens. The video displayed on these screens are of expansive Scottish mountain-scapes with snow and ice and rocks. Taken from a bird eye view, you really get the feel of actual motion in this exhibit and could swear you are actually zooming over the landscape!

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Once you leave this exhibit you can then wander through the remaining rooms with some small interactive exhibits as well as massive amounts of information.

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There are a number of these head sculptures. When you place your hands on either side of the head, lights flash, and film and sound begin to show broadcasts of human evolution and intelligence.

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It takes roughly an hour to get through the tour and wander around the exhibits. Then you are invited into a seated area where you are given 3D glasses and taken on an adventure through different landscapes. Wind blows around the room, it even snows at the part when you fly over the snow covered tundra. There are no recording devices allowed in this area, so I have no photos to show you. Neither are they allowed in the next area!

The Showdome! This is my very favourite part of the entire experience. A huge dome shaped projection screen in which you sit on comfortable lean-back seats. The entire show is projected onto the dome,  called immersive entertainment. It is is an almost 3D experience without the need to wear glasses!  The show changes from time to time. This visit it was a film called “We Are Stars” and it was absolutely stunning. It explained how the first atoms were formed, all the way up to the creation of Earth and the planets in a spectacular 3D animation.

 

Dynamic Earth is well worth a visit if you ever find yourself in Edinburgh. Suitable for most ages, though I would say very small children would be bored quickly. Definitely a place for school children eager to learn about the world in which they live!

Check out the trailer here!

And the site here:

http://www.dynamicearth.co.uk/

F.R. Donaldson lives in scenic Scotland. She is the author of the psychological sci-fi MALEVOLENCE

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About oneofthedragons

Samantha K. Balk and F. R. Donaldson met on An Archive of Our Own, one of the many fanfiction sites online, when Sam asked Frankie to illustrate the fanfiction that would one day lead to Sam's first novel. They've been friends ever since! This blog was created as a way to share the oftentimes difficult journey any new author experiences on the uncomfortable quest of an introvert for attention to his or her most personal work. It is meant to remind you that authors don't just appear fully fledged like a George R. R. Martin, that all of us start out unsure and feeling inadequate. Feel free to ask us anything. Sam: sammykaye9@gmail.com Frankie: reluctant.fraggle@gmail.com

Posted on July 12, 2016, in #OurWorld, Frankeh Updates, Updates and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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