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Launch of Fife Science Festival 2014
Launch of Fife Science Festival 2014

The annual Fife Science Fesitval is back in the Kingdom and kicked off with something of a bang at its launch in Anstruther yesterday (Tuesday).

The new festival programme – running from March 14-23 – was unveiled at the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther, where a preview of the ‘How Whales Sing for their Supper’ event was also given.

At the free event on Saturday, March 15, visitors will be able to meet the scientists who follow whales and investigate these mysterious ocean giants, as well as getting involved in demonstrations and other hands-on activities with Dr Mark Johnson and his team from the University of St Andrews.

This year’s festival will be stretching the definition of ‘science’ in the extreme, highlighting the sheer fun, fascination and intrigue of 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 will involve a diverse range of free events for the general public and both primary and secondary schools, all co-ordinated by Dundee Science Centre and Fife Cultural Trust.

As well as events at the museum and Methil Heritage Centre, other festival highlights range from science busking in the streets of St Andrews and rocket-making at the Cupar farmers’ market, to family fun days in Glenrothes and make plastics fanstatic at the Earthship Fife Visitor Centre in Kinghorn.

Laura Wilkie, festivals and community engagement manager at Dundee Science Centre said: “We are delighted to be unveiling this year’s programme for Fife Science Festival, another cracking line-up of activities and events.

“With a number of new partners embracing this year’s event, not only is the festival reaching into new areas of Fife such as Anstruther and Methil, it is branching into new venues, including places which you might not associate with science!”

Heather Stuart, chief executive officer, Fife Cultural Trust, added: “The festival aims to celebrate science and to make it fun and accessible. The programme provides creative, entertaining and learning experiences that offer families across the Kingdom the opportunity to get out there and join in the many fun and engaging experiments.”

For more info, call Laura on 01382 228800 or visit www.fifesciencefestival.org.uk