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The 2013 Caithness International Science Festival

The complete public programme is available to read here ...

Science Festival 19th to 23rd March 2013
This year marks the 11th Science Festival and as well as involving all the schools in Caithness, it will also include an expanded programme of public activities and workshops.

The 2013 Festival will include performances and workshops including:

  • Bubblestrings
  • Generation Science's "Future Earth"


  • TechFest Aberdeen's "Magnets" and "Maths Around the World"
  • Shell Education Services' "Flight"
  • Glasgow Science Centre's "Blood, Bile and Body Bits"
  • Mr Bug

There will also be a screening of the award-winning documentary "Stem Cell Revolutions", presented by the University of Edinburgh. This fascinating documentary, which looks at the latest advances in stem cell technology in the treatment of disease, will be screened in both Thurso and Wick High Schools, as well as a public screening on Thursday, 21st March at 7.00pm, Thurso High School hall


As well as the schools programme, this year there will be activities for the general public throughout the week, including:

Public Launch Event: Pulteneytown Primary Academy School, Tuesday 19th March at 6.30pm

Festival Patrons John Thurso MP and Lord-Lieutenant for Caithness Anne Dunnett, along with Festival Chairman Professor Iain Baikie, will open this year's Festival and present prizes to the winners of this year's Schools Design Competition.

There will be performances by Mr Bug, Glasgow Science Centre's "Science Buskers" and Bubble Strings, along with "taster" workshops including moon and star observing with the Caithness Astronomy Group, LEGO mindstorm robots and a family challenge with Shell Education Services. This event is supported by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, who will also be on hand with some great science activities. Entry is FREE





The Science of Art - St Fergus Gallery, Wick, 11th to 22nd March

St Fergus Gallery will be exploring plant life under a microscope and children will get to create interesting art work inspired by these amazing images. Joanne Kaar's Portable Museum of Curiosities will be with us as well for you to explore. Feel free to come in anytime from 11th -22nd March. The artwork will be displayed in the St Fergus Foyer Gallery on 23rd March - the Science Festival's Fun Day which will also be the time of the Gallery's Easter Art & Craft Market


Science Bookbugs, Wick Library, Wednesday 20th March @ 11am

Join the Wick Library staff for a space-aged Bookbugs session - get ready to blast off by coming dressed as your favourite alien or spaceman!

Bottle Birdfeeder Workshop - Highland Council's Caithness Countryside Rangers, Seadrift Centre, Dunnet, Wednesday 20th March at 6.30 pm.

Come and join Ranger Paul and make a fantastic birdfeeder for your garden from recycled plastic bottles. £5 per family (materials provided) - booking essential as spaces are limited.



Shorewatching with Whale and Dolphin Conservation, Friday, 22nd March, Dunnet Head carpark (near the Lighthouse), 12.00 noon - 3pm

The WDC staff will be on hand to help you identify local whale and dolphin species that are found in northern waters and give tips on how to best watch out for whales.

WDC will also present a Shorewatch talk on Saturday, 23rd March at Wick Assembly Rooms at 11.00am.

Science Family Fun Day - Wick Assembly Rooms, Saturday 23rd March 2013, 12 - 4.30pm, FREE

Join Bubble Strings, Mr Bug, Glasgow Science Centre's "Blood, Bile and Body Bits" and a host of local organisations and groups for an afternoon of exploration and discovery.

Local schools will also be competiting in the "Science Olympics", displaying their work in science and maths.

There will be plenty to see, make and do for all ages and entry is FREE!