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Edinburgh International Science Festival

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 10:00 to Monday, April 15, 2019 - 16:30
National Museum of Scotland’s Learning Centre, Chambers Street

Computer-Powered Chemistry

  • Free family-friendly drop-in activities 10am to 4.30pm

As part of a University of Edinburgh family drop-in event, our chemists can be found at the National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh from the 11th to 15th April in the learning centre talking about computer-powered chemistry!

Discover what games and computers have to do with chemistry!

The world of chemistry is invisible to our eyes. Atoms and molecules are so tiny that nobody has ever looked upon them. To help shape the world as we know it - from penicillin to fuel, and from plastic to dynamite - chemists have learned how to use their imagination and find hidden patterns in nature. More recently, computers came to help. Join us and find how logic, computers and imagination are used to solve the puzzles of chemistry.

Learn about molecular dymanic simulation then have a go at mixing water and oil both using molecular simulations and also making your own glitter shaker to take home.

Find out how the 3D structure of molecules can be visualised in a virtual reality (VR) environment by experiencing this yourself with our VR hardware (for age 10+). The recent developments in Virtual Reality technology has opened new avenues in computer-aided drug design, given scientist new ways to understand and gain insights from molecular simulations. Finally we will also have a huge elemental scrabble board as part of our International Year of the Periodic Table celebrations – see if you can get onto the high-scorers board!

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