Saturday, 5 November 2016

Science for all ages

Cork is celebrating science this November with a jam-packed programme of more than 100 events, talks, seminars, exhibitions and programs for all the ages. The Cork Science Festival launched it’s 2016 programme of events today (Tuesday) with a diverse list of stimulating, engaging, fun and interactive events for all ages taking place in locations across Cork from the 11-20 November, as part of Science Week Ireland 2016.

“Science is all around us – from the food and drink that fuels us to the environment that we live in. Science is everywhere and this year we are holding a series of community events to put a spotlight on the science all around us. Our program includes events, workshops and shows for adults and for primary and post primary schools. There will be a fun series of afternoon and evening events & exhibitions visiting community groups, libraries and public spaces anchored by two large public open days. We expect more than 10,000 people to participate in workshops and activities over the course of the week,” said Mervyn Horgan, Manager, Cork Science Festival.

The week of events will kick-off with a screening of Star Trek in St. Luke’s Church on Friday 11 November. The “Celebrate Science” Open Day event will take place in UCC’s Western Gateway Building on Sunday the 13 November and the big finale will be the Science Festival ‘Community Open Day’, which will be held in Neptune Stadium on Sunday 20 November.

“Cork Science Festival offers an exciting fun filled range of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) workshops, shows, tours and activities for all ages. There are free activities for pre-school, primary and post primary schools but some fantastic late night events for adults and community offerings this year too. We have events planned for everyone and everywhere: this is the science festival for all the ages,” he continued.

Adults can enjoy the ‘Science of Beer’ event in the Rising Son’s Microbrewery and Brewpub and discover the key role that science plays in the creation of beer. There will be some science comedy from Snatch Comedy in the Roundy Bar, and a night tour of the City Gaol for curious adults.

There’s ‘Science Story Time’ for pre-schoolers, ‘Learnit LEGO Education’, ‘Bloody Detectives & Electric Brain Workshops’ for primary school students and the ‘CIT - Mad Professor Show’ aimed at second level students. The Cork Science Festival has something for everyone.

“This year we are hosting a Science Festival ‘Community Open Day’ in Neptune Stadium on Sunday 20 November and are inviting everyone to come and enjoy a free, fun day out: children, adults and grandparents. There will be hands-on experiments and demos, interactive exhibits, arts & crafts and face-painting. We guarantee an enlightening and fun day out for all the family,” he added.

Cork Science Festival is one of the biggest events in the Science Week Ireland calendar. Cork Science Festival is developed by a team representing education, research and industry across STEM from the Cork area and is funded by Science Foundation Ireland. All activities funded through Cork Science Festival are available free to schools. For more information, booking requirements and a programme of events please seewww.corksciencefestival.ie.