Friday, March 31, 2017

screenshot of Curious Edinburgh app

Curious Edinburgh, the history of science website and apps built by EDINA and led by academics in University of Edinburgh’s Science, Technology and Innovation Studies will be featured in this year’s Edinburgh International Science Festival which kicks off on Saturday 1st April.

This year’s Festival includes a new exhibition, “Moments In Time”, which shares Scotland’s scientific achievements in the history of science and technology. The outdoor installation, which takes the form of a sequence of Scottish police boxes, enables members of the public to dip in and out of immersive snapshots. Curious Edinburgh are a partner in Moments In Time and will be leading a series of walking tours throughout Sunday 2nd April sharing their expertise and highlighting how the Curious Edinburgh app can be used to explore the (often hidden) scientific history of the city.

To coincide with the Science Festival a new version of the Curious Edinburgh iOS app, and a new Android app are being released. A new History of Medicine tour option has also been launched adding to the existing History of Science, History of Geology and History of Physics tours that can all be accessed through the same app, or explored on the website.

Teaching with Curious Edinburgh Tours

A beta version of the new Android app has already been in use as part of a teaching pilot funded under the Principal’s Teaching Award Scheme which will be completed and reported later this year. The teaching pilot will see these engaging tour apps used across multiple undergraduate teaching programmes at the University of Edinburgh as a pedagogical tool.

Although the tours are designed to bring the city of Edinburgh to life for students, residents and tourists, they can be accessed anywhere in the world and EDINA and the academic leads for this project welcome your feedback on the apps and website. Further tours are also planned so download the app, keep an eye on the website or follow the project @curiousedi to find out more.

Curious Edinburgh is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the University of Edinburgh Innovation Initiative, the Principal’s Teaching Award Scheme, and Science, Technology and Innovation Studies in the School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh. Curious Edinburgh is a featured project of the Edinburgh Cityscope project.

If you would like to find out more about EDINA’s innovative technological approach to building Curious Edinburgh, or if you are interested in creating your own web or mobile projects with EDINA please get in touch.

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