WexSci to wow with events all across county

New Ross Standard - - NEWS - By DAVID TUCKER

EX­CIT­ING ‘ WexSci’ events, part of the week-long national science week fes­ti­val, are run­ning un­til Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 19, pro­mot­ing science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and maths (STEM) with ex­hibits rang­ing from brew­ing to space travel.

The county coun­cil, sup­ported by fund­ing from Science Foun­da­tion Ire­land, says there are 27 events tak­ing place in pub­lic li­braries in Bun­clody, En­nis­cor­thy, Gorey, New Ross and Wex­ford.

These will be com­ple­mented with a fes­ti­val high­light, a special show­case event with 18 ex­hibits and demon­stra­tions in the coun­cil head­quar­ter’s at Car­rick­lawn on Fri­day (November 17).

There is some­thing for all ages and in­ter­ests: From It Takes Guts, a demon­stra­tion brought by the Lon­don Science Mu­seum to cos­metic chem­istry, from par­ti­cle physics to aero­nau­ti­cal science; from CSI foren­sic science to brew­ing beer; from space travel to ro­bot­ics, 3D print­ing, maths puz­zles and de­sign­ing games.

This year the national theme for Science Week, des­ig­nated by Science Foun­da­tion Ire­land is #BelieveInS­cience.

For more in­for­ma­tion, to down­load the full WexSci Pro­gramme at your lo­cal li­brary and at the Science Show­case, and to book your place at any of the events, please visit www. wex­ford­coco.ie/ScienceWeek

All are wel­come to at­tend but places are lim­ited and events must be pre-booked.

One of the many events at Wex­ford Li­brary is a talk on The Science of Air­craft De­sign with Dr Ro­nan O’Hig­gins, at 7 p.m. tonight ( Tues­day, November 14).

This talk will cover the var­i­ous as­pects of air­craft de­sign. How do wings cre­ate lift? How does en­gi­neer­ing de­cide on the most op­ti­mised shape for an air­craft? How are new ma­te­ri­als mak­ing air­craft lighter and more fuel ef­fi­cient? What will air­craft of the fu­ture look like? These ques­tions and more will be an­swered in this free in­ter­ac­tive hour-long event.

In Gorey li­brary at 7 p.m. tonight (November 14), Dr Stephen Whe­lan, from Car­low IT, and Kieran Byrd, from Arthurstown Brew­ing Co., will be brew­ing up a storm, talk­ing about the brew­ing pro­cesses from bar­ley in the field to beer in a bot­tle.

And on Fri­day (November 17), No­rah Pat­ten, who hopes to be Ire­land’s first woman in space, will be on hand at 3.30 p.m. to talk about her re­cent ex­pe­ri­ence in the NASA space cen­tre in Florida.

This event is suit­able for all ages in­clud­ing chil­dren and fam­ily groups.

There are 27 events for the cu­ri­ous mind.

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