Twenty shops in and around the town centre will join in to set the challenge. Each shop will have a model of a particular molecule related to its business tucked away somewhere in the window or inside.
The molecules are beautiful and varied, and we will have some early details here in the weeks leading up to the start.
The competition is organised by Sandy and Lorna Smith of Science@Cwaben, in collaboration with Kirkwall BID (Business Improvement District).
The molecules are made out of the Molymod system and the first correct entry out of the hat on 11 September will win a Molymod® kit kindly donated by Philip Spiring of Molymod.
Spiring Enterprises, a British company, developed the Molymod system as an educational tool for teachers, researchers and students 12 years and over, and the kits are highly regarded.
There were 22 correct entries for last year’s Molecule Hunt. The draw was carried out at the closing ceilidh on Wednesday 12 September by Dr Jacqueline Bell, who earlier in the day gave a talk on becoming an astronaut. The winner was Ruairidh Wood, and the two runner-up prizes went to Carrie Peace and Jack Tait. Two of the prizewinners attend St Margaret’s Hope school and one attends Burray.
Participants enjoy the challenge of going round the shops to hunt for the various molecules. “A wonderful way to explore Orkney! Hi from Florida!” wrote one of the entrants.