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University of the Highlands and Islands STEM HUB,  Inverness Campus.

As part of the Sensational Science Bank Holiday weekend the University of the Highlands and Islands STEM team are holding an open session in our new STEM hub.  So if you are a teacher, a guide leader or just interested in science public engagement come along and see what is on offer.

The CREST programme allows pupils to gain accreditation from the British Science association for the completion of a number of scientific Investigations.

Each year, over 32,000 CREST Awards are undertaken by 11-to-19-year-olds, giving them opportunities to explore real-world science, technology, engineering and maths projects in an exciting way.

CREST is a UK award scheme that recognises success, and enables students to build their skills and demonstrate personal achievement in project work.  It offers educators an easy-to-run framework for curriculum enhancement and is student-led, which means that young people take ownership of their projects and choose to undertake them in areas they enjoy or see as relevant.

Levels: There are four different levels of CREST Award:

Discovery (a great first introduction to project work, these take about five hours and can be done in one day; typically undertaken by 11-to-14-year-olds)

Bronze (around 10 hours project work; typically undertaken by 11-to-14-year-olds)

Silver (around 30 hours project work; typically undertaken by 14-to-16-year-olds)

Crest (around 70 hours project work; typically undertaken by 16-to-19-year olds)

If you would like to take part or would like more information about CREST or the Inverness Science Festival please  contact ISF@uhi.ac.uk

Mobile WOW Live Family Day 7 May and in schools 3 to 6 May

This free exhibit is being brought to the Inverness Science Festival by Skills Development Scotland.

My WoW on the Move is an interactive mobile exhibition based around the content and experience developed for the My WoW Careers Hub at the Glasgow Science Centre.

Come use the personality quiz to see what careers are best suited to you.

Then discuss these career options with the Skills Development Scotland team who will be there to talk to you.

Or use the ‘careers intelligent’ mirror to see what you would look like as a formula one engineer, forensic scientist or a paramedic.

This system is a great introduction to the World of Work Web site and useful for parents and children alike.

Body Works : an Inverness Festival Sponsored Event -  Family Day 7 May Inverness Leisure and in schools 3-6 May

During the Inverness Festival schools week 3 to 6 May the Body Works team will be visiting four local primary schools to allow as many pupils as possible to benefit from this activity .

On 7 May the Body Works On Tour team will roam among the family day participants and amaze you with exciting and interactive health and well being demos.

Become immersed in some fascinating science; measure your heart rate and grip strength and test your balance and co-ordination.

You can get 'hands on' with a range of cutting edge synthetic human tissues and the suites of engaging physiology and anatomy themed activities.

With all these fun and active busking activities and more,  you can experiment, engage and enjoy learning about how your Body Works.

Lecture Series 29 April to 6 May

Venues across Inverness

Bank Holiday Weekend events : FREE to the public

Simpsons Garden Centre 1 to 3 May  10:30-1:00

The birds and the bees

Can you identify all the birds and insects on our display? Some are very unusual. Come and spend some time making a badge and looking at how insects are important in your garden.  View some of the more common insects in detail using or microscope linked to a computer or a hand held magnifying glass.

Then design your own garden 'beastie' and put it on a badge that you make yourself.

Inverness Library  30 April 11:00am - 11:30 am and 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Book sessions

11:00am - 11:30am - Junior Book Bug session with a dinosaur theme.

1:00pm - 2:00pm – Older Children’s session:  a more interactive session but  also with a dinasaur theme.


Waterstones  1 May  10:30- 12:30


A host of activities with a paper theme in the upstairs area of Waterstones book store. Just how far can you make a paper airplane fly? Or is there any other ways you can make interesting objects out off folded paper.


Tiso 1 May 1:00-2:30


At Tiso's we thought we would introduce a mountain focus. So it is mountain version of 'How do you measure up?' and you can take a look at  what type of chocolate makes the best 'oil reservoir'.

Scottish School Forestry School 2 May  1:00-3:00

 Getting to know trees inside and out

Visit the Scottish School of Forestry to find out how science and technology are used to assess and monitor trees and timber. Try your hand at measuring tree height and counting tree rings, listen to the sounds made by different logs (when you tap them with a hammer…) and see how we can use sound waves to detect decay in tree stems.

University of the Highlands and Islands, STEM Hub  3 May  2:00-4:00

 CREST  Chest

The  University of the Highlands and Islands STEM team present their concept of the CREST Chest. Interactive STEM club boxes for primary and secondary school science clubs.  Come along and try the activities out, give us feed back on what is successful  Are you a teacher? Come and tell us what you think should be in a box.

University of the Highlands and Islands, STEM Hub May 4:00pm - 7:00pm

  Pie and a Pint 6

Bookable Raspberry Pi sessions (45 minutes for each). Wipro in association with SCDI have organised  Raspberry Pi and Code Bug workshop.  There  are three sessions consist of three exciting activities on programming with Raspberry Pi :
•How to make a Tweedy Pi
•Burping Jelly baby
•How to use a Code bug

The sessions have a limited number of spaces so booking is essential at Eventbrite : wipro-pie-and-a-pint.eventbrite.co.uk

For full details of all events see the ISF Brochure.