Strathearn Festival of Science

A science festival is set to enthuse, educate and entertain the communities of Strathearn in Perthshire next month.

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Strathearn Festival of Science, which will run from Monday 23 until Saturday 28 February 2015, will bring a packed programme of activities to the Strathearn and wider area, with events aimed at families, school pupils, youth groups and adults.

The event is funded by the Scottish Government, (Office of the Chief Scientific Adviser), and supported by Perth and Kinross Council, Morrison’s Academy and Crieff Succeeds.

Although previous, individual events have been held throughout the area in the past, this is first year that such an ambitious and full science festival programme has been launched.

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The week-long programme of activities will culminate in the festival finale, a free family fun day at Strathearn Community Campus, Crieff on Saturday 28 February 2015. The event will host a range of activities and demonstrations aimed at highlighting the fun of science in its many forms, from food, drink and smoke-rings to the fascinating night sky. A number of organisations will also be bringing some of their most popular family-friendly activities, from Historic Scotland and Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh to the Universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Steuart Cuthbert, Festival Organiser said, “We have created a programme which will appeal to every man, woman and child in the area – from toddlers and secondary pupils on the cusp of making career choices, to families and adults living in and around the Strathearn and wider Perthshire area. Not only will our activities entertain and intrigue visitors, but also highlight that science is everywhere, and is to there be explored and enjoyed.”

Pupils from Morrison’s Academy, The Community School of Auchterarder, Perth High School and Crieff High School will take part in a number of activities, alongside local primary schools.

Meanwhile, the adults’ programme will include everything from the science of whisky and zombie science, to a ceilidh followed by a truly illuminating after-dinner talk on light, to coincide with 2015 being the International Year of Light.

Shoppers and visitors will be encouraged to solve scientific and logic puzzles in cafes, while Girl Guides and Scouts will be carrying out activities as part of their Science badge, a part of which is to attend a science festival.

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