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The Caithness Science Festival

Caithness International Science Festival 2007
19 - 23rd March

If you want to be sure of a place you can book on 01955 602777

Science O3 is presenting another fun-packed programme for Caithness schools. All primary schools have signed up for all or part of the festival. The activities will be taking place in Wick from Monday to Wednesday and in Thurso on Thursday and Friday. There will also be public events on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in Wick and Thurso respectively.

The official opening of the festival will be at Mackay’s Hotel on Monday evening, attended by organisers, presenters, sponsors and local dignitaries

This year, in addition to a number of science and engineering presenters we have 2 high profile speakers from the USA:

Duane “Digger” Carey from NASA piloted the Columbia Space Shuttle mission STS-109 which upgraded the Hubble Space Telescope in 2002. Duane will be speaking 3 times a day to groups of primary school children in Thurso and Wick. He will also give public lectures:

Wick -
Tue 20th March Pulteneytown Academy Main Hall 7:45pm

Thu 22nd March Mount Pleasant Primary School Main Hall 7:45 pm

At 6.45pm each night Noiseworks show

Edinburgh International Science Festival are following up last year’s Body & Bones show with NOISEWORKS, a show based on the science of sound and forces and will also give public performances before Digger Carey’s talk at 7.45pm  Recommended age for Noiseworks is 7 - 13 years.

Tue 20th March Pulteneytown Academy Gym 6:45 pm

Thu 22nd March Mount Pleasant Primary School Gym 6:45 pm

Laura Nichols from MIT will be producing wire sculptures with the children. Laura is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering at MIT and is shown here at her graduation ceremony

SETPOINT Aberdeen will be presenting the K’nex Challenge. The kids get the chance to produce a design solution to a problem and build it using K’nex

Peter & Marjory Craig follow up last year’s geology workshop with an Electronics workshop where the kids get to build an electronic circuit and take it home with them

Elena Baikie of KP Technology will be showing the kids how to use the MIT Scratch programming language. This is a tile-based language which enhances the understanding of technology and takes the mystery out of programming. Commands link together with interlocking, colour coded tiles and the whole experience has a fun, LEGO feel about it.

All Week - Various presentations in local primary school to which adults and children are welcome.

Sponsors – current list
We are grateful for the support of the following organisations:

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Highland 2007 Scottish Executive
BP Canberra Harwell Hugh Simpson
Wick Academy Football Club Kongsberg Maritime Johnson Controls
Rolls Royce Mackay’s Hotel IET
Forss House hotel I Mech. E Highland Council
HIE Caithness and Sutherland SETPOINT North Subsea 7
KP Technology UKAEA Nukem

Pat Kieran  Iain Baikie  Doug Mackay  Paul Cariss

Earlier Caithness Science Festivals