Heriot-Watt scientists at the Dunbar Science Festival

A member of Heriot-Watt staff at the event

Researchers from across Heriot-Watt brought some exciting interactive science to the annual Dunbar Science Festival, which took place on 16-17 March.

The 2,500  visitors  had the opportunity to try the robot challenge courtesy of Jim Herd's group in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences  (EPS) while Bill MacPherson, also from EPS,  showcased how cameras work, how to split white light into different colours, and how to use light to measure things in the world around us. Bill's busy day continued with cryogenic workshops, where the audience got to make their own ice cream with liquid nitrogen and smash up frozen flowers!

As always, the touchtanks from marine biologists from  Heriot-Watt's School of Life Sciences were a huge hit, with children big and small holding the animals and learning more about the creatures that grace our seashores. Together with  a stunning video of Scotland's deep-sea coral reefs, and interactive ocean acidification experiments run in conjunction with the Natural History Museum, Heriot-Watt marine scientists showcased  their scientific expertise.

For further information about public engagement activities and support at Heriot-Watt, please contact HWEngage@hw.ac.uk.