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Science takes over

It was definitely time for science bit when the Hebridean Science Festival made a comeback for 10 days in March.

Science events took place in public venues and schools across the region during the festival, which was held for a second time due to the success of the event last year.

Thousands of adults and children enjoyed science based events, from Barra to Stornoway.

The festival was organised by ESTEEM, a voluntary group that aims to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, technologists and mathematicians from the region.

Events included activities in schools; competitions; workshops on soap bubbles and giant outdoor bubbles; talks about the science of speed by former Buzzcocks musician John Maher, of Harris, who builds VW Beetle engines; activities by the Lewis and Harris Youth Club Association and much more.

A huge family fun day took place in Stornoway Town Hall, in Lewis, and included hands-on activities suitable for all ages and children’s entertainer Mr Boom.

Stornoway Astronomical Society ran a number of events during the festival, including planetarium shows, a space art exhibition, and a scale model of the solar system.

Many local businesses took part in the festival, including Autoparts, Scottish Water, the Scottish Salmon Company, Kiwi’s Garage, Explore Science Scotland and SEPA.

School pupils took part in a number of science-themed competitions in the run-up to the festival, with the winners being announced during the festival. Secondary and primary school pupils were asked to decide on the greatest scientists of all time, while pre-school pupils took part in a drawing contest.

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