The Fife Science Festival kicked off with a big bang on the streets of St Andrews.
The science busking event saw St Andrews University staff and students take to Church Square to entertain passers-by with an array of experiments, demonstrating some of what the next week will have to offer.
Rebecca Prentice of the university’s museum collections unit said: “Shoppers, residents and visitors will be able to sample some spectacular experiments, help our team collect results and learn more about the science that affects our lives with fun experiments we can all do at home.”
The festival, now in its fifth year, is a collaboration between Fife Cultural Trust and Dundee Science Centre and organisers expect a big turnout to the free events, workshops and talks that will run across the region until Sunday March 23.
On schedule for this weekend will be the Science Magic show today at the St Andrews University Museum from 1pm until 3pm, where visitors can cast science spells and learn impressive tricks to share with family and friends.
Also today, the John Marshall Community Leisure Centre in Dunfermline will host From Flintlocks to Rifles, featuring David Wharton, star of TV show Duck Quacks Don’t Echo, and Rebecca Berger from The Black Watch Museum. They will explore changes in warfare through the ages with some exciting and dramatic presentations.
For anyone who caught the stargazing bug after National Astronomy Week this month, Rothes Halls in Glenrothes will tonight host the Cosmic Quest talk from spaceflight expert Nigel Henbest, who looks at the inside story of the history of astronomy from 6.30pm to 8pm.
See www.fifesciencefestival.org.uk for the full programme.