Explore Science!

Wednesday 15 March 2000

Children will get the chance to make their own electronic bagpipes, create their own slime and stargaze as part of the University of St Andrews’ contribution to National Science Week.

A wide range of hands-on activities – all open to the general public and free of charge – will take place in the University’s Physical Sciences Building, North Haugh, St Andrews on Saturday 25 March 2000.

The afternoon, which kicks off at 2pm prompt, will see a continuous programme of activities including DIY Electronics, Moving Mountains (the geology of mountains), Body Building (finding out about ourselves),The Midas Touch (turning coins into gold), Slime Time, Frog Facts, Giant Bubbles (allowing tiny children to get inside a bubble!), Artificial Intelligence, Fractal Drawing (for those who have a knowledge of computers), Surf the Net (for those with little or no knowledge of computers) and, for younger computer boffins, Doodle IT.

There will also be a variety of workshops for all ages and interests, each lasting approximately 30 minutes. Details of the programme are given below:-

Title Starting Time

3D Graphics 2.00pm/3.00pm Design a Web Page 2.00pm/3.00pm Planetarium Shows 2.10pm/2.50pm/3.30pm Create a Human Laser 2.30pm/3.30pm Imaging Technology 2.30pm/3.30pm Computer Programming 2.30pm/3.30pm

Dr Bruce Sinclair of the School of Physics and Astronomy said, “We’re aiming to show everyone that science can be relevant, accessible, and enjoyable. Scientists from a number of the University’s departments will have interesting things for visitors to see. The emphasis is on doing things and having fun. People, from youngsters to OAPs, can build “mountains” or electronic “bagpipes”, create “slime” or get inside a giant bubble. They can even be part of a human “laser!”

For more information on the University events, please contact Lesley Lind on telephone (01334) 467457.

Running from Friday 17 to Sunday 26 March 2000, National Science Week will be marked by over 7,500 events throughout the UK. Further details can be obtained from http://www.britassoc.org.uk.

NOTE TO EDITORS:- You are invited to send a reporter/photographer to the event at the Physical Sciences Building, North Haugh, St Andrews on Saturday 25 March 2000. The programme will run from 2pm prompt until 4pm.

Issued by Beattie Media on behalf of the University of St Andrews For more information please contact Claire Grainger on 01334 462530, 07887 650072 or email [email protected] Ref: scienceweek/standrews/chg/15march20 00/PR1908

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