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Sci­ence fes­ti­val a per­fect ex­per­i­ment.

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Pre­pare for ex­plo­sive fun this week as Cork’s cel­e­bra­tion of sci­ence gets un­der way with a bang.

Cork Sci­ence Fes­ti­val runs from this Fri­day un­til Sun­day week, Novem­ber 19.

The or­gan­is­ers say it prom­ises to make sci­ence more fun than ever be­fore.

As part of Sci­ence Week Ire­land, the Cork fes­ti­val in­cludes a pro­gramme of free pub­lic en­gage­ment events, com­mu­nity talks, ex­hi­bi­tions, shows, and school work­shops.

With some­thing for all ages, there’s a line-up of over 100 events which in­cludes ex­plo­sive work­shops such as ‘flames, flashes, and frozen flow­ers’ to crime scene in­ves­ti­ga­tions, rain­bows to laser shows, ‘cool planet’ cli­mate-change work­shops, ‘down-un­der di­nosaurs’ demos, build­ing DNA games and the chem­istry of cock­tails, and a spe­cial screen­ing of The Ma­trix.

Sup­ported by Sci­ence Foun­da­tion Ire­land, and part of Sci­ence Week Ire­land, the fes­ti­val fea­tures two flag­ship events which are free, and open to all the fam­ily and will pro­vide hours of ed­u­ca­tional en­ter­tain­ment.

‘Cel­e­brate Sci­ence’ takes place at Gate­way UCC on Sun­day next from 12noon un­til 5pm and pro­vides a great, free day out for all the fam­ily.

The Com­mu­nity Fes­ti­val of Sci­ence, mean­while, takes place the fol­low­ing Sun­day, Novem­ber 19, at Nep­tune Sta­dium from 2pm to 6pm and again pro­vides an en­tirely free and fun en­gage­ment for ev­ery age with all things sci­ence.

“We are on a mis­sion to show­case ev­ery­thing that sci­ence has to of­fer the peo­ple of Cork, with free open days, in­cred­i­ble shows, sci­ence tours, fun work­shops, awe­some ex­hi­bi­tions, live demon­stra­tions and ex­per­i­ments, and so much more,” said Mervyn Hor­gan, Cork Sci­ence Fes­ti­val co-or­di­na­tor.

“The team be­hind Cork Sci­ence Fes­ti­val rep­re­sents Cork’s best in re­search, ed­u­ca­tion, and in­dus­try across sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing, arts, and maths (STEAM) and show­cases the enor­mous re­sources that Cork has to of­fer in this area.

“We want ev­ery­one to ex­pe­ri­ence a re­ally su­per Sci­ence Week in Cork through school vis­its, open days, and a re­ally ac­tion-packed, en­joy­able line up this year.”

As well as free open days and school vis­its to bring STEAM into pri­mary and sec­ondary schools across Cork, there is plenty of ‘grown up’ sci­ence too with events tak­ing place at Tyn­dall Na­tional In­sti­tute, the Glucks­man Gallery, St Luke’s Church, the Ris­ing Sons Brew­ery, Life­time Lab, Cork City Gaol, St Peter’s Church, and many more.

The di­verse and ex­cit­ing line up for adults in­cludes an evening with Neil De­lamere and Si­mon Watt at Level Up Hu­man (AMP Night­club), the Sci­ence of Beer (Ris­ing Sons Brew­ery) the Sci­ence of Flavour event (Cask & Greenes Restau­rant), as well as a screen­ing of The Ma­trix movie (St Luke’s Church).

While most events are free and all are wel­come, tick­ets are re­quired for some events where the venue ca­pac­ity may be lim­ited, and some events are over 18s only.

More in­for­ma­tion on all Cork Sci­ence Fes­ti­val events avail­able at Corkscience­fes­ti­val.ie

Pic­ture: Clare Keogh

Fam­ily Fun at Cork Sci­ence Fes­ti­val: Ria O’Sul­li­van (IN­FANT Re­search Cen­tre) with her daugh­ter, Alexa Barry, and nephew and niece Mark and Emma Dun­phy show­case all the fam­ily fun to be had at the fes­ti­val, which runs from Novem­ber 10-19.

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