Li­brary ser­vice hosts first sci­ence fes­ti­val

PRO­GRAMME OF EVENTS LIFTS THE LID ON SCI­ENCE FOR ALL AGES

The Argus - - NEWS - By MAR­GARET RODDY

LOUTH Li­braries’ in­au­gu­ral Sci­ence Fes­ti­val is in full steam with a host of events to suit all ages.

Or­gan­ised with fund­ing from Sci­ence Foun­da­tion Ire­land (SFI), the Fes­ti­val aims at in­creas­ing in­ter­est in STEM (sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing, and maths) and STEAM (sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing, arts, and maths) sub­jects.

An am­bi­tious pro­gramme of events is tak­ing place in the main branch li­braries in Dun­dalk, Drogheda and Ardee with out­reach events in schools in Carlingford and Dun­leer.

The li­brary ser­vice has put to­gether a re­ally ex­cit­ing event sched­ule in co-op­er­a­tion with sci­en­tists and re­searchers from DkIT,the Crann In­sti­tute, iCrag and Adapt Cen­tre in Dublin, as well as in­put from lo­cal in­dus­tries.

Teenagers and their par­ents are wel­come to at­tend a timely talk to­day (Tues­day) at 1.30pm en­ti­tled ‘HPV; The Whole Story, Warts & All: A talk on HPV’ by sci­en­tist, lec­turer and re­searcher Dr. Sinead Loughran from the School of Health and Sci­ence at DKIT cov­er­ing the sig­nif­i­cance of HPV as a cause of cancer, how the HPV vac­cine pro­tects against HPV and the facts about the safety of the vac­cine be­ing used in Ir­ish schools.

The fas­ci­nat­ing sci­ence be­hind Man­dala Art will be ex­plored in a two hour work­shop this evening at 6pm. Man­dala art is the ul­ti­mate cross over be­tween art, math­e­mat­ics and sci­ence and touches on con­cepts rang­ing from Vedic math­e­mat­ics, ge­om­e­try, astronomy, art his­tory, phi­los­o­phy and much more. Lo­cal busi­ness The Great North­ern Larder will talk about the sci­ence of food preser­va­tion, in­clud­ing fer­men­ta­tion & vine­gars on Thursday at 11.00am.

While al­most ev­ery­one has a smart phone these days, not ev­ery­one is get­ting the most out of these mini com­put­ers. Find out how to use them to their max­i­mum po­ten­tial at a two day course on Thursday and Fri­day af­ter­noons at 2.30pm. This course will be re­peated the fol­low­ing week.

Young peo­ple won­der­ing about what ca­reer they should choose have a cou­ple of work­shops. The first by Tea­gasc on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon at 2pm looks at the op­por­tu­ni­ties for farm­ing.

A Day in the Life of a STEM Pro­fes­sional on Thursday at 6pm com­prises a panel dis­cus­sion with STEM pro­fes­sion­als to show­case dif­fer­ent STEM ca­reers, an­swer ques­tions and put a spot­light on the STEM ca­reer en­vi­ron­ment and the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able, in a world in­creas­ingly shaped by sci­ence & tech­nol­ogy.

Once Upon a Star is a sci­ence themed morn­ing of sto­ries and art ac­tiv­i­ties for the very young on Satur­day at 11.30am

The fes­ti­val con­tin­ues next week with an im­por­tant work­shop for par­ents, The Sci­ence of Cy­ber­bul­ly­ing on Tues­day Novem­ber 13 at 6pm. De­liv­ered by Barnar­dos, this work­shop covers a range of top­ics in­clud­ing pop­u­lar apps, in­ter­net safety the signs to watch out for that in­di­cate a child is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing cy­ber­bul­ly­ing.

ex­pert bee­keeper Eoghan Mac Gi­olla Coda presents ‘Bee Wise’ an in­for­ma­tive work­shop on the honey bee and ev­ery­day uses for honey on Thursday Novem­ber 15 at 11.00am. The Sci­ence of your Smart De­vice: Get the most of your smart phone in this two day course on Novem­ber 15th & 16th at 2.30pm as part of Louth Sci­ence Fes­ti­val. Book­ing is es­sen­tial.

Children are in­vited to use Scratch, a fun pro­gramme lan­guage which in­tro­duces them to the world of com­puter cod­ing in a work­shop led by Joan Mc­Cann from {The_Code_Lab} on Satur­day Novem­ber 17th at 2pm.. Par­tic­i­pants will learn how to cre­ate their own an­i­ma­tion or game on Satur­day Novem­ber 17th at 2.00pm as part of Louth Sci­ence Fes­ti­val.

All the above events take place in Dun­dalk li­brary. While they are free of charge, book­ing is es­sen­tial. Phone Dun­dalk li­brary at 9353190 to re­serve a place.

Sinead and Jack Kelly (above) and Sean and Jude McDon­ald (be­low) at the Brickx Club Sci­ence week in Dun­dalk Li­brary.

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