School talks kick off Bute science festival

Pupils from Rothesay Primary and St Andrew's Primary School gathered in the gym hall of Rothesay Joint Campus to learn all about mutants! Or rather, the science behind mutations.
Pupils from Rothesay Primary and St Andrew's Primary School gathered in the gym hall of Rothesay Joint Campus to learn all about mutants! Or rather, the science behind mutations.

The first Bute Science Festival kicked off on Friday afternoon with a series of three talks for the island’s primary and secondary school pupils.

Primary pupils from Rothesay, St Andrew’s and North Bute primaries heard all about ‘superhero science’, while S2-S4 pupils at Rothesay Academy got an introduction to zombie science - actually more to do with how the brain works in different situations.

Senior Academy pupils heard from two of the festival’s organisers, Glasgow University professors Martin Hendry and Kevin O’Dell, on the intriguing question of the human race’s origins and development.

The school presentations were followed on Friday evening by two talks for members of the public, one on the scientific advances on research into ageing and one on the renowned Scottish scientist James Clerk Maxwell.

But the main event takes place today (Saturday) at Rothesay Pavilion, between 11am and 4pm - in the form of a free family festival featuring planetarium shows, hands-on science, displays and demonstrations from organisations and businesses from Bute and beyond on how scientific applications are used in their day-to-day work. We’ll see you there!