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Inverness Science Festival includes Lego sessions, dinosaur fun and robots

By Andrew Dixon

Inverness Science Festival.
Inverness Science Festival.

Inverness Science Festival kicks off later this month, with a range of free events taking place around the city.

This year’s festival, which runs from April 29 to May 12, features an extensive family programme, including a science scavenger hunt at Inverness Campus, a periodic table trail at the Victorian Market, Lego sessions at Inverness Library and dinosaur fun at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery.

The festival family day, which takes place at Inverness Leisure on May 11, will have more than 30 science activities to get involved with, from learning how to instruct robots to discovering the science behind bubbles.

Inverness College UHI will be the venue for the festival’s public lecture programme. Delivered by a range of local experts, the series includes lectures on marine science, artificial intelligence, the science of nursing and astronomy.

A schools and young people programme will also run throughout the festival with activities taking place at schools and youth groups across the Highland Council area.

Inverness Science Festival is organised by the University of the Highlands and Islands science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) team.

STEM development manager Samantha Clark said: “We are extremely excited to be hosting this year’s Inverness Science Festival. With more than 30 science-themed events for adults and children happening across the city, we can’t wait to celebrate science and technology in Inverness.

"We hope the festival will inspire people to find out more about science and develop a passion for this fascinating subject area.”

Scotland's science minister Richard Lochhead said: “With real-life examples tailored to the local environment, including several events specifically for the whole family, Inverness Science Festival’s wide-ranging programme makes science accessible to communities in the Highlands.

“Our science festivals play a pivotal role in bringing science subjects to life for people from all backgrounds across Scotland, supporting the ambitions of our STEM education and training strategy and helping people to develop STEM skills and knowledge they can apply in their day-to-day lives.”

Full programme at www.uhi.ac.uk/isf

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