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Thursday, April 18, 2013

May the Fourth Be With You/Science IS Cool

Dumfries & Galloway Wild Science Family MAYHEM! Day is back for the fourth time on Saturday 4th May. So it’s a case of ‘May the Fourth Be With You’ and a Star Wars flavoured programme that will appeal to mums and dads, kids and teachers and all manner of wild grandparents! And everything is FREE.

Wild Science Family MAYHEM! Day is packed with all things science from the eye-poppingly amazing to the downright weird. The doors open at 10am at the University of Glasgow Crichton Campus where workshops, stalls, displays and demonstrations for everyone will be on offer, much of which comes straight to Dumfries from Glasgow Science Festival. Find the Starlab Planetarium and investigate the science of Star Wars. Meet an inflatable R2D2… and build your own R2D2 in motorised K’NEX. Discover Lego Mindstorms and SpheroRobots; giant bacteria furry toys; make your own woodpecker and teach it to peck; get soldering with MadLab, or launch your own Bottle Rocket. And every household needs some Star Wars fridge magnets – choose R2D2, C3P0, Darth Vader or Stormtroopers. Or get a pulse-raising interdisciplinary experience with Glasgow Science Centre Fit-Lab in Dumfries.

Professor Martin Hendry Professor of Gravitational Astrophysics and Cosmology at the University of Glasgow will introduce the ‘Physics of Star Wars – Fantasy or Reality?’ display. If you have questions about the science of Star Wars - spaceships, planets, weapons or anything else – here is the man to tackle them.

Catch up with new workshop ‘Science is Cool’, brought to Dumfries by Heriot-Watt University. Science is always cool. Really cool science is called ‘cryogenics’. ‘Science is Cool’ explores the effect of temperatures of almost minus 200 degrees Centigrade. Find out about low temperature science, with a twist, at this interactive mini-show. Suitable for all ages.

And there’s an unusual opportunity to find the art in science. Poet and educator Jean Atkin offers Quantum Poetics, two lighthearted and exploratory short workshops. Jean will help participants find their way into making a short poem inspired by science, using appropriately ‘Mayhem! Day’ unorthodox and experimental techniques. Expect both laughter and some serious creativity. 

The workshops are at: 11am – 12 noon and 1.30pm – 2.30pm. Free entry (age 14 to 104) but please book
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