Historic Kick-off for Fife Science Festival

Think you know ‘science’? Think again.

With just weeks until its kick off, Fife Science 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.

Dundee Science Festival

With exciting, colourful and inspirational activities cropping up in a host of weird and wonderful venues ranging from museums and shopping centres to schools, busy streets, a farmers’ market and a café, the festival will run from Friday 14 until Sunday 23 March 2014.

The programme was appropriately unveiled today in the shadow of the 16th Century Abbot House in Dunfermline when The Black Watch Castle and Museum of Perth showcased some of the historic weaponry being used during their festival events. They demonstrated a range of ancient weapons, a Basket Hilted Broadsword, Brown Bess Musket and a Short Magazine Lee Enfield rifle, some of which will feature in their explosive event, ‘From Flintlocks to Rifles’, at Dunfermline’s John Marshall Community Leisure Centre on Saturday 15 March 2014 and during ‘Science in the Shopping Centre at Kingsgate Shopping Centre on Sunday 23 March 2014.

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 coordinated by Dundee Science Centre and Fife Cultural Trust.

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 a lively look at astronomy through the ages. Children can also learn how to be a scientist and explore forensics at Thornton Primary School, be wowed by some amazing experiments at Methil Heritage Centre, and make plastics fantastic at the Earthship Fife Visitor Centre in Kinghorn. The festival will also incorporate an impressive schools programme with topics on everything from medieval Construction and WW1 communications to lego, light and video game design!

As Laura Wilkie, Festivals and Community Engagement Manager at Dundee Science Centre explained, Fife Science Festival is for everyone – “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 but is branching into new venues, including places which you might not associate with science! With more events in schools, community and shopping centres and lots of full-day drop-in events, we’re really looking forward to bringing the festival to a wider audience, regardless of their age or interests. Browse through the programme, and get involved!”

Meanwhile, Heather Stuart, Chief Executive Officer, Fife Cultural Trust added, “Fife Science Festival adds to the diverse range of cultural opportunities which Fife Cultural Trust delivers with its key partners. The festival supports Fife Cultural Trust’s vision of making Fife a culturally vibrant and rewarding place to live, work or study.

“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. I would urge everyone to embrace the festival, get involved and have some serious fun in the process.”

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


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