Festival to focus on appliance of science

Fife Science Festival is launched in St Andrews.

Fife Science Festival is launched in St Andrews.

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AN EXCITING programme of events has been unveiled for this year’s Fife Science Festival, with activities heading to venues as diverse as a castle, supermarket and schools.

The event, led by Dundee Science Centre on the back of last year’s Dundee Science Festival, will run in parallel with National Science and Engineering Week from March 11-20.

Dundee Science Centre will work alongside its Fife Science Festival partners Fife Council, the University of St Andrews, Adam Smith College, Carnegie College, Adam Smith College, Historic Scotland, Hydrogen Office, Museum of Communication and Scottish Fisheries Museum.

DIVERSE

Funded by the Scottish Government, the festival will involve a diverse range of events for schools, the general public and professionals, from fun days out and hands-on activities for families, to talks for adults, as well as professional training and schools’ activities.

Specific public events will include a free, family fun day in St Andrews, including a range of fun and interactive activities for both adults and children and a Medieval Construction Science Show at Aberdour Castle.

Other activities include an adult lecture about ‘the battle of the sexes’, with the festival culminating in a free family fun day for Fifers at Dundee Science Centre.

EXPERIENCES

Hannah Crookes, director of science learning and public engagement at Dundee Science Centre, said that huge efforts were being made to bring the festival to ‘the people’.

She said: “As part of our commitment to extending Dundee Science Centre learning experiences beyond Tayside, we are delighted to be leading the Fife Science Festival.

“We’re keen to ensure that our events appeal to all - children, parents and grandparents alongside academics, teachers and school pupils of every age.

“We’re also keen to bring the festival to as many parts of Fife as possible, with venues you might not necessarily expect to find science including a castle and supermarket alongside more obvious locations such as the University of St Andrews and our local colleges who all play a major role in science education.”

Anyone wanting more information should www.fifesciencefestival.org.uk