The Bang Goes the Borders Science Festival, which Heriot-Watt supported again this year, took place on 23 September.
The Bang Goes the Borders is a free science festival hosted by St Mary’s School in Melrose. Since 2010 children from local primary and secondary schools and their families have flocked through the school gates to get involved in the world of science and discovery.
The festival was conceived out of the Crucible - the now established training programme for the most prominent early career researchers - and over the years has featured many Heriot-Watt Cruciblists showcasing their research to the public. Several winners of the Principal’s Public Engagement Prize have also tested and improved their outreach activities at this safe yet vibrant event. As such, the festival has become a cradle for the most exciting public engagement activities developed at Heriot-Watt.
Bang Goes the Borders is aimed at making science accessible, engaging and inspiring for children. We are incredibly grateful to the busy scientists, their institutions and our sponsors who make this annual totally non-profit making educational event such a success.
Sponsored by the University for the last five years, the festival showcases the activities of the School of Textiles and Design School alongside researchers from other Schools.
This year, the School of Textiles and Design was represented by PhD student Priscila Franco whose research combines fashion design with nanotechnology. While children were busy designing superpower clothes, Priscilla discussed with their parents, the use of technology in design.
The School of Engineering and Physical Sciences was represented by PPIPSS (PhDs and Post Docs of ICS Society). Claire Lamb, PhD student member of PPIPSS described the event as the first major outreach event for the newly formed group keen to bring chemistry to the public. Both groups were very enthusiastic and their exhibitions were very popular with the visitors contributing greatly to our well established presence at the Bang Goes the Borders Festival.
“Kirsty McCrae, Festival organiser said: "By instilling a passion for science with our children at an early age using fun, hands-on engaging activities, we can open their eyes and minds to fantastic opportunities.
"Bang Goes the Borders is aimed at making science accessible, engaging and inspiring for children. We are incredibly grateful to the busy scientists, their institutions and our sponsors who make this annual totally non-profit making educational event such a success.”