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Launch of bigger and better Fife Science Festival 2014
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With just weeks until its kick off, Fife Science Festival will be stretching the definition of ‘science’ in the extreme, highlighting the sheer fun, fascination and intrigue of everything from rockets and robots to WW1 communications, astronomy, crystals, forensics and creepy crawlies.
With exciting, colourful and inspirational activities cropping up in a host of weird and wonderful venues ranging from museums and shopping centres to schools, busy streets, a farmers’ market and a café, the festival will run from Friday 14 until Sunday 23 March 2014.
The programme was unveiled today at Rothes Halls in Glenrothes when Raytheon UK showcased their ‘elephant toothpaste experiment’, one of many to be demonstrated at the free ‘Rothes Halls Family Fun Day’ on Saturday 15 March 2014. With demonstrations and workshops from Raytheon UK, SCI-FUN Roadshow and the Museum of Communication, the family friendly event will be packed with science learning fun.
Funded by The Scottish Government and Fife Cultural Trust , the festival will involve a diverse range of free events for the general public and both primary and secondary schools, all coordinated by Dundee Science Centre and Fife Cultural Trust.
Other festival highlights range from science busking in the streets of St Andrews and rocket-making at the Cupar farmers’ market, to an explosive look at medieval warfare at a Dunfermline community centre and a lively look at astronomy through the ages. Children can also learn how to be a scientist and explore forensics at Thornton Primary School, be wowed by some amazing experiments at Methil Heritage Centre, and make plastics fantastic at the Earthship Fife Visitor Centre in Kinghorn. The festival will also incorporate an impressive schools programme with topics on everything from medieval Construction and WW1 communications to lego, light and video game design!
As Laura Wilkie, Festivals and Community Engagement Manager at Dundee Science Centre explained, Fife Science Festival is for everyone – “We are delighted to be unveiling this year’s programme for Fife Science Festival, another cracking line-up of activities and events. With a number of new partners embracing this year’s event, not only is the festival reaching into new areas of Fife such as Anstruther and Methil but is branching into new venues, including places which you might not associate with science! With more events in schools, community and shopping centres and lots of full-day drop-in events, we’re really looking forward to bringing the festival to a wider audience, regardless of their age or interests. Browse through the programme, and get involved!”
Meanwhile, Heather Stuart, Chief Executive Officer, Fife Cultural Trust added, “Fife Science Festival adds to the diverse range of cultural opportunities which Fife Cultural Trust delivers with its key partners. The festival supports Fife Cultural Trust’s vision of making Fife a culturally vibrant and rewarding place to live, work or study.
“The festival aims to celebrate science and to make it fun and accessible. The programme provides creative, entertaining and learning experiences that offer families across the Kingdom the opportunity to get out there and join in the many fun and engaging experiments. I would urge everyone to embrace the festival, get involved and have some serious fun in the process.”
For more information, please contact Laura Wilkie, Festivals and Community Engagement Manager, Dundee Science Centre on 01382 228800 or visit www.fifesciencefestival.org.uk
Time Capsule St Andrews now available online
Ok we’ve been promising to do it for ages there are 30 episodes in the Time Capsule series which saw the forerunner to The Dundee Channel go much further than Dundee. Even as we do today covering stories in Perthshire, Angus and Fife too. Looking back at St Andrews episode one has been wonderful. It would be 4 more years before the world would hear of You Tube and our interviewees gave a candid account on life in St Andrews in 2002. September 11th was fresh in everyones mind, the arrival of Prince William, the expansion of the University and the infamous parking voucher system. Do you recognise any of the interviewees – where are they now ?
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The Dundee Channel prepares to release Time Capsule video series.
10 years ago a 30 episode series was recorded in Tayside, Perthshire and Fife capturing many aspects of the towns and cities and was the forerunner to The Dundee Channel. In fact the original S-VHS video series was mothballed until the internet ran fast enough to allow streaming video over10 minutes long.
In preparation for this The Dundee Channel has created a login area on its site where it intends to post these decade old video tapes which feature Dundee, Lochee, Broughty Ferry, Perth, Monifieth, Carnoustie, Arbroath, Forfar and St Andrews – all before anyone had heard of video streaming or You Tube (2005).
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