As part of our plethora of brand new schools workshops, a group of sixth year pupils tackled the extinction of the dinosaurs to craft their very own Science Podcast.
On 15 June nine sixth year pupils form North Berwick High School worked with a professional science communicator and our very own Dr Sarah Stewart to explore the theory of evolution in a dynamic multi-media workshop. This pilot was for one of our many brand new fantastic workshops for schools, which will be launched as part of the revamped Museum’s school programme from September.
Cameron Robinson, from Hello Science, took the pupils through a training boot-camp on how to script, record, edit and produce their own mini radio programme or podcast.
They interviewed Assistant Curator of Paleobiology, Dr Sarah Stewart. Sarah is an expert on dinosaurs and presented the pupils with an interesting question: Dinosaurs – Evolutionary Success or Dead End?
The young people took inspiration from Sarah’s short talk and some real life fossils from our collections and thought of an interesting angle for their own podcast. They then wrote and recorded an intro and outro, before interviewing the expert. And here are the results:
Podcast 1: Dinosaurs – more successful than you think!
Podcast 2: Dinosaurs in the Hot Seat
Podcast 3: Could birds have evolved from Dinosaurs?
Fancy trying this with your class? This workshop will be available to pre-booked groups on the following dates at the National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street Edinburgh:
14 – 16 Nov and 22– 24 Nov 2011,
Senior Phase Pupils (S4-6)
£5 per pupil / max 15 per session.