Science festival a perfect experiment.
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
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.