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Highland science festival goes global with busy online programme


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A family day at Inverness Leisure, which was part of the 2019 Inverness Science Festival programme.
A family day at Inverness Leisure, which was part of the 2019 Inverness Science Festival programme.

A GLOBAL audience could enjoy the ever-popular Inverness Science Festival when it returns this month – after it embraced an online format amid the continuing Covid pandemic.

The popular annual event returns on April 29 and will feature more than a fortnight of activities, covering everything from astronomy and physics to the biological world and chemistry.

This year’s event will include a virtual lab tour, a biology-themed knitting event and an online lecture about the crossover between art and archaeology. There will also be a range of family resources and try at home activities. Children can learn how to build a Lego catapult, make a battery from an orange or create a mini satellite.

A virtual science, technology, engineering and maths fayre will also be held on May 3 to celebrate the University of the Highlands and Islands’ 10th anniversary, with hands-on activities linked to a variety of university courses. The festival will draw to a close on May 15 with an online pub quiz where participants will be encouraged to test their knowledge on a range of scientific topics.

The festival is organised by the University of the Highlands and Islands’ science technology engineering and maths (STEM) team. Evelyn Gray, the university’s STEM administrator, said: “The online format means that people don’t have to be in the Inverness area to enjoy the events and activities, the festival can now be accessed from anyone across the globe!

“It’s fantastic to be part of such a fun event, particularly in the year our university partnership celebrates its 10th birthday.”

For more details visit www.uhi.ac.uk/isf.

Related news: Inverness Science Festival goes virtual in the face of Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic


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