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Science in St Andrews proves to be a showstopper

Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther - 
Group-wide photo request - Preview event to promote the Fife Science Festival  - Caskieberran pupil Terry Wilson gets up close to a whale skull
Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther - Group-wide photo request - Preview event to promote the Fife Science Festival - Caskieberran pupil Terry Wilson gets up close to a whale skull Photo ; WALTER NEILSON

Fife Science Festival, held in March, has been hailed a “showstopping success”, after audience figures showed a 200% increase in visitors compared to last year.

In St Andrews, events as varies as Science Busking, which brought experiments to the streets, to Making Waves, at which people could explore the science of sound using instruments from the university’s collections, proved to be major big hitters.

Eleven events were held in the town, involving MUSA, the Bell Pettigrew Museum, the University of St Andrews and St Andrews Museum, and St Andrews Cathedral, and attracted more than 1500.

Throughout Fife as a whole, the festival brought in 14,000 visitors to 32 different events, which aimed to highlight the fun, fascination and intrigue of science using everything from rockets and robots to WW1 communications, astronomy, crystals, forensics and creepy crawlies.

Funded by The Scottish Government and Fife Cultural Trust, the festival involved a diverse range of free events for the general public and primary and secondary schools, all co-ordinated by Dundee Science Centre and Fife Cultural Trust.

Laura Wilkie, festivals and community engagement manager, Dundee Science Centre, said: “We are absolutely thrilled at the success of this year’s Fife Science Festival, which incorporated a cracking line-up of activities, events and exhibitions.

“With a number of new partners involved, it was great to bring the festival experience into new areas of Fife, as well as branching into new venues.”

Organisations wanting to take part in next year’s festival can submit their event proposals from the end of July.

 

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