The Caithness International Science Festival went off with a bang, quite literally, at its official opening evening when one experiment led to a very explosive finale.
A capacity audience made up of children, mums, dads and teachers filled a hall at Wick's Newton Park primary school for the 16th annual festival and the biggest to date.
The honorary guests included Nasa astronaut Duane ‘Digger’ Carey, former Lord Lieutenant of Caithness Anne Dunnett and the present one, Lord Thurso.
MSP Jamie Stone officially opened the festival and said: “When I was being brought up a long time ago, science seemed to be the way forward and we talked about the "‘white heat of technology". Caithness Science Festival is making that the top of the agenda again. Science and research is vital to this country’s future.”
The audience then got a taster of what to expect i the festival with James Soper finishing the preview with a deafening explosion in the hall as a balloon of hydrogen was ignited.
The festival contiues on Saturday with a family science fun day.
More details about the CISF are available on the website: www.science03.org and on the Facebook page - Science03.