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Free Family day - 29th April

Inverness Leisure, Bught Park Noon to 4pm

 Just come along, bring all the family for free and investigate the world of science and technology.


Sea to sky, dinosaurs and dolphins, bubbles to  balloon racing cars. Come along and delve into the magical world of all things scientific ! Meet experts from the local area and take part in numerous activities. Visit the community stands which show the science behind many different area of our life.

Contributors at the Family day include :

MEN'S SHED  INVERNESS   

There is science all around us,  when you are doing woodwork, construction  and making a cup of tea. Come along and discuss with this group how they apply the basic principles of mathematics and physics to their work.

HOME ENERGY EFFICIENCY           

Ever wondered how an electric car actually works? Take a look at the  range of electric cars that Home Energy Efficiency are bringing to the  Inverness Leisure  Car park. The group will have a stall with information on  the electric cars and other  renewable technologies.

HIGHLAND ASTRONOMY SOCIETY     

The Highland Astronomical Society will demonstrate telescopes, show astrological software, display posters of astrological objects and give information about their Observatory and society.

WHALE AND DOLPHIN CONSERVATION       

What do you think are the threats to whales and dolphins? Try out of giant board game and see if you are right? Fun and information all in one enjoyable session, with you as the counter you will never forget where you area.

SOAP BUBBLES SCIENCE        

Learn how bubbles change colour and shape and why. See how to make bubble chains and foams, form a square bubble, put a bubble in a bubble, hold a bubble in your hand and make giant bubbles and bubble clusters fly high in the sky.

BLOODHOUND SSC – THE 100MPH CAR      

Learn about the iconic Bloodhound SSC project. You will have the opportunity to build and race FREE Bloodhound SSC Balloon Cars. How fast do you think yours  will go?

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT SCOTLAND

The team will have My World of Work Live available in the main hall. Take the personality quiz to see what careers are best suited for you, and see what you would look like in the ‘careers intelligent’ mirror. Will you be a scientist, a formula one engineer or a fireman? The list of opportunities is endless.

HIGHLIFE LIBRARIES    

A budding architect? Come along and see what you can build from our selection of Lego bricks.

UNIVERSITY OF THE HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS           

A stand offering a wide variety of science based activities for all ages. Can you separate the Birds from the bees? Measure up to a dinosaur and make a  T Rex finger puppet. Or try killing the flu virus with our resident immunology expert.

CREST SCHEME       

Do you want to become a scientist. Visit the CREST stand to find out all about the University of the Highlands and Islands CREST Programme. Try your hand at some of the activities and take home information on the Star, Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. A school teacher- make an appointment with the CREST programme co-ordinator to see how we can help with science in school.

REALLY SMALL SCIENCE    

The Joy of Science are back - discover the nanoworld of polymers with the Really Small Science group from the University of Strathclyde. Find out about nanopolymers and how chemical engineers are designing new polymers tohelp save the world! Make your own nanopolymer bouncy ball and get crafty by making nanpolymer jewellery.

T–EXCHANGE    

Coming across from Moray this group will wow you with the world of computing. They will have a 3 D printer running, demonstrate 3D computer modelling (try your  hand) and discuss Coder Dojos –  which offer hand on coding for kids.

CRYSTAL THE STEAM ENGINE   

Ever wanted to make a steam engine whistle?  Crystal the scaled model steam engine is paying the science festival her annual visit. Powered by coal she is a fantastic representation of those bygone days of steam.

In addition we will have

  • Scottish Waterways Trust 
  • WiPro
  • Flows to the Future, in association with the Peatlands Partnership

and many more...

With over 30 activity tables there is fun to be had for all the family.

  • Are you a budding architect? Why not try designing  a building from lego.

  • Race a car on our 20m track.

  • Find out how to ‘kill a virus’.

  • Build a dinosaur finger puppet.

  • How do you measure up?

  • Be amazed by bubbles.

  • Take a look at Crystal the steam engine and hear that whistle blow.

  • Pop next door to the Inverness Botanical Gardens to see their activity.

  • Look to the skies.

  • Speak to a robot.

  • Try your hand at coding!

  • Just how high can it bounce!

Come along and learn something new. All the activities are free.