We have a rich and varied programme for schools – two programmes indeed, one for primary and one for secondary. It’s thanks to the many organisations and individuals who have kindly provided funding for the various activities to come to Orkney and visit schools with no charge.

The programmes have been sent out earlier this spring to all the Orkney schools and many bookings have come in.

In addition, schools are able to access Festival talks without charge. We just need to know in advance to make sure that there is space available. Talks cover a wide range of subjects, some in the curriculum and others related to it in one way or another.

There is also material of interest for schools as well as people of varied ages in our online magazine, Frontiers.

Writing Competition

Celebrating Scotland’s Year of Stories at the Orkney International Science Festival, with The George Mackay Brown Fellowship Wirdsmit writing group and the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) – guest judge Ken MacLeod. To celebrate Scotland’s Year of Stories we are using the power of creativity to imagine the future, and with a little help from the renewable energy experts at EMEC, we’re launching an exciting science fiction creative writing competition.

Build a model wind turbine!

It’s a challenge for schools, primary and secondary: to design and build a model wind turbine. There’s various sources of help, including a resource kit available for each school, provided by Orkney sponsors. The Challenge has been developed by the Young Engineers and Science Clubs Scotland (YESC), in a collaboration with Orkney Renewable Energy Forum (OREF) and Orkney International Science Festival.

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