Competitions 2021

A Festival highlight each year is the Molecule Hunt through the windows of shops in the centre of Kirkwall. It is organised by Sandy and Lorna Smith with energy and flair, and  takes place in partnership with Kirkwall BID who provide much kind support, including hosting the competition details on their website.

The Molecule Hunt went online for 2020 and in 2021 it was joined online by several new competitions aimed at schools and families. There is the challenge to build a wind turbine or design a bridge, to find a new way to depict the Kirkwall Mart prices, to survey Orkney seaweed or to make some creative use of traditional Orkney words for wildlife.

Orkney Seaweed Survey (Family Challenge)

Join us in the Orkney Seaweed Survey! How much seaweed is there around Orkney’s shorelines? Find out and let us know! Prize for the best entry! Then you can use your information to complete the Natural History Museum and the Marine Conservation Society Big Seaweed Survey. They have no records from Orkney yet - can you help by recording the seaweeds on an Orkney shore?

Native Wildlife Competition

Orkney Native Wildlife Project has come together with Orkney International Science Festival to challenge schools to put their creative hats on and pen to paper. But there’s a twist, you must use Orkney dialect within the piece. Taking inspiration from Robert Macfarlane’s project, The lost words, this year’s competition will celebrate some commonly used and ‘lost’ Orkney words. This is the challenge that has been set to schools across Orkney, and further afield!

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