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With great excitement, we set out for our first school trip this year – our destination, Dynamic Earth and the Geowalk.
When we arrived, we met Craig, who talked us through the Covid regulations and then took those of us not going straight on the Geowalk, inside for our various activities. We thoroughly enjoyed the ‘Shake, Rattle and Roll’ workshop with Eva and Frank, learning lots about why natural disasters happen and what we can do to minimise their damage. Craig gave us a guided tour of ‘Survivors and Casualties’ and all the rooms, showing us how our Earth was born and shaped by volcanoes and ice. We really loved our 4D flight through the Earth’s biomes and it was funny when we all got sprayed with ‘seawater’ before ‘landing’ in the rainforest. For many of us, the Dome was our favourite bit. We watched an amazing film on supervolcanoes which was really cool but also quite scary to think of what might happen if Yellowstone was to erupt!
After the dome, we went to Arthur's Seat with Angus, our guide. We enjoyed being outside. Angus told us how Holyrood got its name. It is because a man called David went riding on a Sunday and fell off his horse. He looked up and imagined he saw a stag's head which had a cross on it. 'Rood' is an old word for cross, so that is how Holyrood got its name. We looked at the stones in the wall of the Scottish Parliament. We saw lots of sandstone. When we got to the top of Arthur's Seat we saw some sedimentary rock. We know it was sedimentary because it had lots of layers. We saw a big hole in the ground which Angus told us used to be a quarry. We slid down some rocks and made our way back to Dynamic Earth.
The Dynamic Earth staff were friendly, enthusiastic and very happy to have a school group back on site! And we were absolutely thrilled to have been able to make the trip – what a great day out!