Festival fun

Glasgow University Science Festival opens on March 12 with a panoply of activities for upper primary to secondary pupils.

On offer over a week are opportunities to make and race a solar car, build and keep fun electronic kits, learn about exotic expeditions, live animal handling and design challenges, and see inflatable planetarium shows.

The programme - all free activities except for Monday Madness in the refurbished Hunterian Museum (for nursery to S2, a choice of three topics: minibeasts, oceans, and the rainforest, cost pound;50 per class) - coincides with National Science and Engineering week.

Highlights include "computing science inside": workshops on core computer science concepts for S2 upwards; madlab: fun electronic kits which give participants the chance to use soldering to construct lie detectors, alarms, radios, flashing lights and music machines, for P6-S6; and a range of lectures aimed at upper secondary classes, from solar physics to cosmology and robotic systems to biofuels.

Pupils in the P6-S2 age group can choose two of the following three workshops to form a two-hour morning or afternoon visit: an interactive multi-media roadshow exploring glass recycling; a hands-on workshop including building a paper rocket, exploring constellations and K'nex design challenges; and a series of hands-on activities exploring physical activity, inactivity and health.

Other options include talks from Gordon Curry about his personal experiences during the 2004 tsunami in Thailand and from students in the Glasgow Expedition Society about expedition research and animal handling.

T 0141 330 2806. www.glasgowsciencefestival.org.uk

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