Over the last few years we’ve had loads of fun working with Upward Mobility, a local charity providing support and opportunity for adults with learning difficulties and autism. We designed learning programmes specifically for their students which combined science learning and creative representations, including amazing felt work and collaboration artwork pieces. It’s been fun and powerful to rediscover science we thought we knew but through the eyes of these students! We explored topics such as Space and Life on other Plants, Evolution of Life and Biomes and Natural Disasters and Weather. Through participating in the project our students gained knowledge, valuable skills and flourished in this special environment of earth and environmental science!
The learning team have supported the delivery of a Woodland Education initiative for adults experiencing homelessness. The aim of the programme was to support people to build their knowledge and skills, grow in confidence and feel more positive about the future. By working with the group both out in Holyrood Park and within Dynamic Earth, running a range of activities from citizen science surveys and butterfly identification to the Dynamic Earth tour, we have been able to contribute to their journey towards a more positive future.
Working with the Transitions and Way2Work team we have created and delivered communications skills workshops with East Lothian secondary pupils. These young people are assisted in improving their social, educational and emotional development to safely negotiate their transitions through school and onward. Our role is to improve confidence and self-esteem through workshops which add to their portfolio of employability skills and make them ‘life-ready’.
Last August we were invited to the Dumbiedykes open day just around the corner from the centre. Like any strong community people came out in numbers to enjoy the brass band, wilderness survival skills and try out our activities. There was a fantastic community spirit especially when the burgers, teas and raffle prizes were handed out. With the help of some young visitors we explored space with meteorites, turned back the clock with T-rex claws and merged technology, art and the environment through augmented reality. Open days and family events in the community are a great way of creating family learning experiences and long term happy memories.