The Inverness Science Festival will arrive with a big bang later this month with a range of free events taking place around the city.
The two week programme includes a periodic table trail at the Victorian Market, 3-D printing sessions at Inverness Library and a Lego hide and seek mission at Tiso with a chance to win a Science Festival hamper.
A free family day will also take place at Inverness Leisure on Saturday, April 29. Adults and children alike can get involved in a variety of activities, such as racing balloon cars, crafting a T-rex finger puppet, learning about astronomy and making giant bubbles.
The festival also features a public lecture series, with talks on the forensics of crime scenes, reducing energy consumption in the home and the dolphins of the Moray Firth.
A series of school events will run alongside the public programme. Pupils will have the opportunity to learn about the human body, have a go at ethical hacking with the help of cyber security experts and learn how to code robots.
The festival is being organised by the science, technology, engineering and maths team at the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Mairi Stewart, programme coordinator for creativity in engineering, science and technology, said: “We are delighted to announce the 2017 Inverness Science Festival. There is a range of activities for all ages and interests. We hope this will be an opportunity for everybody to experience the excitement around science in the Highlands at the moment.”
Inverness Science Festival 2017 takes place in venues around Inverness from Friday, April 28 to Saturday 13 May.
Visit www.uhi.ac.uk/isf for the full programme of events.
Previous festival events in recent years have included a talk on using DNA in family history research, an insect-themed badge making session and a discussion on weather forecasting.
Thousands of people have attended the event in previous years, and the organisers are hoping for an equally impressive turnout this time round.