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Caithness Science Festival 2013

10th March 2013

Photograph of Caithness Science Festival 2013

A science quiz is currently running in Wick Library. Entry forms are available from the Festival display in the lobby and the first correct entry drawn from the box will win a copy of The Ultimate Bookof Science;

An "Art of Science" project is running at the St Fergus Gallery. People can visit the gallery and view a fascinating range of objects under USB microscopes and then use these to create their own artwork for display;

On Tuesday, 19th March at 6.30pm the Festival will be officially launched by Festival Chairman Professor Iain Baikie at Pulteneytown Academy. This event is free and open to the public and will include short shows from Mr Bug, Bubblestrings and the Glasgow Science Centre's "science buskers". There will also be some star gazing with the Caithness Astronomy Group, a fun family challenge with Sphere Science, Lego Mindstorm robots with the local British Science Association and some-hands on science activities with the Caithness branch of the IET who are helping to support the event;

The Wick Library will be offering a science-themed Bookbugs session on Wednesday, 20th March at 11 am, with super science songs and stories;

The Highland Council's Countryside Rangers will be holding a "Bottle Bird Feeder" workshop on Wednesday 20th March at 6.30pm at the Seadrift Centre, Dunnet. Ranger Paul Castle will be demonstrating how to make a bird feeder from plastic bottles, which will attract plenty of birds to your garden. There is a 5 fee per family group to cover materials and spaces are limited. To book, contact helen[AT];

On Thursday, 21st March at 7.00pm at Thurso High School there will be a free public screening of the award-winning documentary "Stem Cell Revolutions", which looks at the history and future of stem cell research and the way in which this research is revolutionising the treatment of disease. The University of Edinburgh MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine's Professor Clare Blackburn, who was scientific producer of the film, will be on hand to discuss the film and answer questions from the audience;

Whale and Dolphin Conservation will be hosting a Shorewatch session at Dunnet Head carpark on Friday 21st March from 12 noon to 3pm. People are invited to join the WDC staff and become a whale and dolphin spotter for the afternoon using giant "big eye" binoculars.

The WDC staff will also be hosting a free public talk at Wick Assembly Rooms on Saturday, 23rd March from 11.00 to 12 noon where people can learn about the different species of whales and dolphins found in northern Scottish waters and how to become a volunteer for WDC.

Finally, on Saturday 23rd March from 12.00 noon to 4.30 pm, there will be a free Family Science Fun Day at Wick Assembly Rooms featuring Mr Bug, Bubblestrings, the Glasgow Science Centre buskers and "Blood, Bile and Body Bits", as well as over 15 local science groups and organisations. There will be plenty of hands-on things to make and do for all ages, including solar observing, weather forecasting, photography, Lego and Knex models, robots, balloon buggies and more.

The Science O3 committee is grateful to our sponsors, including DSRL, NDA, the Scottish Government, Subsea 7 and the IET for their support of this exciting week of events. For more information, visit our website at or find us on Facebook and Twitter under "Science O3" or contact Festival Administrator Helen Ellis at helen[AT] or phone 01955 602 777.

Caithness Science Festival 2013 Leaflet