Calling all budding boffins – Stirling will stage its first ever Science Festival next month!
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All families can get involved in this fun-filled free event which was originally planned as a venue-based event but will now be held online (15-17 October) due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The exciting festival programme will include, fun and informative STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Maths) workshops and sessions, a ‘live from the Tolbooth’ science show for all the family, events, quizzes, downloadable activities, documentaries, talks, competitions and much more.

Further information about the Stirling Science Festival can be found on wwww.stirlingevents.org/festivals/, with all the fascinating events and activities going live on Thursday 15 October.

The inaugural Stirling Science Festival is being organised by Stirling Council and D.C. McNeill Consultancy in partnership with Forth Valley College, the Engine Shed, Stirling University, Codebase, Developing the Young Work Force and Zero Waste Scotland.

A centre of excellence for science

Convener of Stirling Council’s Community Planning and Regeneration Committee, Cllr Chris Kane said: “Science, technology, engineering and maths are crucial parts of our everyday lives and this has been underlined during the current COVID-19 crisis and the battle against the virus.

“The past decade has also seen a substantial growth in the popularity of science festivals, with more and more people enjoying the opportunity to encounter science in an exciting, inspiring and sociable context.

“This festival will reinforce Stirling’s credentials as a centre of excellence for science, technology and innovation whilst highlighting the growing number of career opportunities and pathways for young people in this sector.”

Develop knowledge and skills

Vice Convener, Cllr Scott Farmer said: “It’s fantastic that Stirling is adding to its expanding events portfolio with this fun fiesta of science for families.

“Science and technology are important parts of the curriculum and fast-growing parts of the economy, and the festival will help children and young people develop knowledge and skills whilst having fun.   

“Although the current situation means it’s necessary to have the festival online, there will be heaps to see and do to see from the comfort of your own home – I am sure it will be a huge hit.”

More information on the jam-packed events and activities at the inaugural Stirling Science Festival will be available online in the coming weeks.

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Picture shows Cllr Chris Kane with young people at Wallace High who are involved in the school’s STEM projects (pictures were taken prior to the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 restrictions).