Waterford to play host to numerous events for Southeast Science Festival 2018

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Waterford to play host to numerous events for Southeast Science Festival 2018

Waterford to play host to numerous events for Southeast Science Festival 2018

Over 3,000 places for primary school events at the Southeast Science Festival were booked out in an hour. At venues across the Southeast, Calmast, Waterford Institute of Technology’s STEM outreach centre, will be running more than 100 events over two weeks from November 5 to November 18.

Each event is showcasing the wonders of science and, with a variety of interactive shows, engaging workshops and fascinating lectures, there is something for everyone. 

The Southeast Science Festival is part of National Science Week (co-ordinated by Science Foundation Ireland) and will take place from 5th to 18th November 2018. Funded by Science Foundation Ireland, pharma companies EirGen, GSK, Sanofi, MSD and Bausch and Lomb, the festival brings unique science events to Clonmel, Carrick-on-Suir, Kilkenny, Mullinavat, Ferrybank, New Ross, Enniscorthy, Dungarvan, Lismore, Tramore and Waterford City.

Top local, national and international scientists and science presenters from Ireland’s Southeast will present shows, presentations and lectures on important scientific issues and current challenges. Fun shows and activities for children and families will keep everyone engaged while at the same time introducing scientific concepts.

Events are taking place in schools, libraries and theatres all across the Southeast.

The week kicks off with The Real Science of the Circus presented by James Soper, the Juggling Scientist. This show is a spectacular combination of top quality circus skills and science education. James, a Guinness World Record holding juggler, fully qualified teacher and ex-professional circus performer, demonstrates scientific principles in a way that is guaranteed to enthral and inspire all audiences. The Juggling Scientist will be presenting his show to school students in Waterford, Dungarvan and Clonmel. He will be peforming at the Theatre Royal on 10 November, 1pm and 3pm and at the Lismore Sunday Funday for families on 11 November.

At the Sunday Funday in Lismore, visitors will also have the opportunity to do hands-on science and explore the wonderful world of colours, build reactive volcanos and do their own magic chemistry experiments with the Calmast STEM Outreach team. All activities are linked to the rich science heritage of Lismore - birthplace of famous Irish scientist Robert Boyle.

During the week, the Calmast STEM Outreach team will be supported by a group of TY students from Waterford and Tipperary who will be trained in science communication and present their own workshops to primary school pupils at libraries in the Southeast.

“We are delighted to have such a programme of high quality academics and science presenters from around the world to the Southeast for Science Week”, said Cordula Weiss of Calmast. “We believe we have something for everyone, exciting events for the very young to engaging events for all the family and adults: Bubble Shows for the younger audience, interactive hands-on workshops for everyone, talks on the Science of Gin for adults and much more. It is very important that we all have an appreciation of the importance of science and technology in our lives, and we are never too young or too old to start”.

Science Week is for everyone. The organisers are pleased to announce a variety of afternoon and evening events for members of the general public.

On Saturday, 10 November, James Soper, the Juggling Scientist will present The REAL Science of the Circus at the Theatre Royal in Waterford at 1pm and again at 3pm. This fast-paced and engaging show is not to be missed – while amazing the audience with fascinating circus skills, James explains the forces behind juggling, unicycling, balancing and more with the help of many volunteers.

James will also present in Clonmel Library and Ferrybank Library.

On Monday, 12 November, the London Science Museum will present their totally gross but equally captivating show It Takes Guts for families with children of 8 years or older. Follow the journey of your food from your mouth through the acid bath in your stomach, along metre after metre of pulsating guts and out the other end! This show will take place at 7pm in the Auditorium of Waterford Institute of Technology.

For the younger audience, the London Science Museum will present their ever popular Bubble Show on 13 November, 7pm, Auditorium Waterford Institute of Technology.

The London Science Museum will also present to the families in Loughboy Library and Central Library Waterford.

On Wednesday, 14 November, 4-6pm, GSK Dungarvan are opening their doors to secondary school students, teachers, career guidance counsellors and those interested in a career in the area to showcase the many opportunities in science careers and to tell the story of “Made in Ireland – Trusted Worldwide: The Story of Panadol”.

Making science accessible to all and engaging the audience in current scientific questions and challenges – the Science Week is for everyone which is why WIT PhD candidates will present their research to the public on Thursday, 15 November. Three postgraduate students will discuss their projects in science and maths in the Munster Bar at 7pm.

Details of all events including booking details can be found at www.calmast.ie 

The Southeast Science Festival is coordinated by Calmast, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Outreach centre at Waterford Institute of Technology. “In my 20 years coordinating Science Week in the Southeast, it has been wonderful to see the festival  grow from a few events in Waterford city to now over 100 events across the Southeast in counties Waterford, Wexford, Tipperary, and Kilkenny," said Sheila Donegan of Calmast.

“Over the years many children who came to our children’s science events have gone on to study science at third level and are now working as scientists and engineers in the many pharma and tech industries in the region. It is really important to introduce Science to children at a young age, to develop their curiosity and to foster in them a sense of enquiry, which can help them develop into the scientists and engineers of the future”

The full programme is available on www.calmast.ie and public events are also posted on social media.

All events during Science Week are FREE, but should be booked through Eleanor Reade, School of Science WIT: ereade@wit.ie or 051 302037, unless another booking contact is given.

This festival follows closely on the heels of Maths Week Ireland which over 400,000 students and members of the public participated in.

Maths Week Ireland was coordinated nationally by Calmast, the award-winning STEM outreach centre at WIT. Science Week is nationally coordinated and supported by Science Foundation Ireland.