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Stirling’s first Science Festival goes online next month

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In the wake of COVID-19 the free event, originally planned for a venue, will go online from 15th to 17th of 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.

The festival plans to host fun and informative STEAM (STEM with Art) workshops and sessions, a family-friendly science show live from the Tolbooth, quizzes, documentaries, talks, and further events to be announced.

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.”

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.”

The full programme will go live on Thursday 15th October, and is a totally free event. You can check out the full list of events planned here!

The organisers of the festival.

Featured Image Credit: Stirling Alive With Scotland

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