Discover Free Fun Events at Fife Science Festival

With just weeks until its kick off, the brand new Fife Science Festival will showcase the wonders of science, covering everything from animals, forensics, gaming, ecology, to lasers and light-based technologies.

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Encouraging visitors to get hands-on with science, the family-friendly festival will travel to Cowdenbeath Leisure Centre on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 May and Rothes Halls, Glenrothes on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 May 2016, introducing four free fun and inspirational days for the whole family to enjoy.

The programme was unveiled in both venues today by staff from Dundee Science Centre who demonstrated some of the many activities which families can enjoy during the free events.

Ever wondered what it’s like to be an astronaut, a firefighter or a CSI investigator? On Saturday 7 May, families and adults can take part in ‘A Day in the Life of…’, an event offering an insight into the skills needed to work in a science, technology or engineering role and a chance to meet industry experts, climb on board a fire engine or try on an astronaut suit. Sunday 8 May will be a ‘Science Celebration’ – an activity-packed day with fun and excitement sure to thrill and entertain the whole family with flashes, experiments, space themed activities and animal handling.

Funded by the Scottish Government, Shell UK and Fife Council, the mobile festival will offer a diverse range of free activities for the general public, all coordinated by Dundee Science Centre. Local primary pupils will also have the chance to attend science celebration days in Cowdenbeath and Glenrothes where they will experience exciting hands-on activities featuring levitating trains, computer programming and curious creatures.

Steve from Raytheon UK with quadcopter!

Steve from Raytheon UK with quadcopter!

As Laura Louch, Festivals and Development Manager at Dundee Science Centre explained, Fife Science Festival is for everyone – “We are delighted to be unveiling the new programme for Fife Science Festival with four free jam packed days for the whole family. We’re really looking forward to bringing events to the people in Cowdenbeath and Glenrothes with a format that allows us to deliver a festival of events to a wider audience, regardless of their age or interests. Come and visit us on any of the dates and we promise you and your family a fun packed day!”

Paul Goodfellow, Upstream Director UK and Ireland, Shell UK added, “As one of the sponsors of the Festival, Shell firmly believe that the way to excite the next generation of engineers and scientists is to encourage young people to have a go at fun, hands-on STEM activities and experiments.

“Fife Science Festival is providing access to activities and resources that will ensure a new generation will continue Scotland’s legacy of innovation in science and engineering.”

Meanwhile Andrew Walker, Economic Advisor, Fife Council’s Town Centre Development Unit commented, “Fife Science Festival complements the work led by Cowdenbeath Area Committee to promote aspiration and achievement in the fields of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) across the board in the Cowdenbeath Area – vocationally as well as academically – in young people with a particular emphasis on young women. This aspiration needs to be shared by parents and grandparents if the young people are to reach their goals. Fife Science Festival will allow families to be learn and engage together in a fun environment. We hope and expect that the Festival will build on the inter-generational work started by our ‘Be Jennie Lee’ initiative and that it will be followed by other events under the banner of the ‘University of the Air’.”

For more information, please contact Laura Louch, Festivals and Development Manager, Dundee Science Centre on 01382 228800 or visit www.fifesciencefestival.org.uk.

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