The School of Chemistry Outreach and Public Engagement team consisting of undergraduate (Mohamed Katish), postgraduate students (Dom Cairns-Gibson, Hal Lewis) and staff (Dr Anna-Maria Maciejuk and Prof. Eleanor Campbell) participated in the annual Baird of Bute Festival of Flight on Saturday, 7th of September 2019, at Ettrick Bay.
Families and friends gathered to watch various aeroplanes and participate in Inspiring Science activities, run by the School of Chemistry and the Baird of Bute Trust, available free of charge for all who attended. The demonstrations were connected to research themes at the School of Chemistry including giant bubbles, solar powered bugs, computational simulations and plans for kite making.
The Festival of Flight celebrates Andrew Blain Baird, the Bute blacksmith who made history by making the first all-Scottish heavier-than-air powered flight over the beach at Ettrick Bay in 1910. The Baird of Bute Society use the example set by Baird in 1910 to continue inspiring young minds to strive for greatness in their own ways.