Midlothian Science Festival 2013 - programme highlights
The science festival's second outing features biscuit architecture, moon rocks and Dr Bunhead
Midlothian is soon to be laden with lab coats, bustling with bunsen burners and stockpiling the safety glasses, as the Midlothian Science Festival returns for a second year.
The event, which believes that science should be for everybody, offers a vast programme of over 70 activities, workshops and shows which will take place across the region from the Sat 5-Sun 20 Oct.
Most of the events are suitable for all ages, and completely free of charge. Some more esoteric highlights include biscuit city-building (Dalkeith Library, 7 Oct and Penicuik Library, 15 Oct), a ten mile geographical ramble (Vogrie Country Park, 15 Oct), a night of stargazing (Rosslyn Chapel, 18 Oct) and a maggot race (Danderhall Library, 18 Oct).
Also making an appearance is chemical reaction poster boy Dr Bunhead, who will bring his Very Dangerous Coal Show to the National Mining Museum (11 Oct). Promising explosive spectacles, madcap antics and a high probablility of the redecoration of underpants, Bunhead's appearance looks set to sell out fast.
A series of exhibitions investigate notable names from Midlothian's science history (Danderhall Library, 7-18 Oct) and the story of moon rocks which found their way to earth in an astronaut's pocket (see the Science Fest website for details), while competitions include rocket-building (with special launch events) and a molecule hunt.
All the mad scientist material aside, the festival also aims to educate, and not just about scientific processes. Midlothian was and remains an important location for global science, engineering and technology, and one of the key objectives of this year's festival is to highlight the careers available in science that can be pursued not so far from home.
Various venues, Midlothian, Sat 5-Sun 20 Oct.