Boost for Hebridean Science Festival

The Hebridean Science Festival has been awarded funding for next year’s Year of Homecoming and the Commonwealth Games.

The event will receive £4,500 from a Scottish Government fund to put on a range of Homecoming-related events through the Unquenchable Curiosity programme.

This will be used for education resources created to help teach young people using the Commonwealth Games as a context for learning across a range of curriculum areas.

Minister for Science Alasdair Allan said:

“The coming year is an incredible opportunity for Scotland with world-class events on throughout the twelve months and these additional science activities will help thousands of families across Scotland discover more about Homecoming 2014 and the Commonwealth Games.

“Our science festivals excel at taking familiar situations, objects and even our home towns and revealing fascinating insights that many of us would never have known.

“They also demonstrate the pivotal role that Scotland and our scientists have played in some of the greatest scientific developments in recent history that show new generations what is achievable and inspire them.

“I look forward to seeing the results of the hard work that has gone into creating these projects and how they help us explore the past, present and future of Scotland in a year when we are celebrating so much.”

As well as the seven awards to festivals announced today, further work is being done with Glasgow and Dumfries and Galloway science festivals to develop a wider campaign of events around physicist James Clerk Maxwell.