New fes­ti­val to pro­mote the love of sci­ence

Wexford People - - NEWS - By MARIA PEP­PER

WEX­FORD’S first Sci­ence Fes­ti­val called WexSci will run from Novem­ber 11 to 18 with events tak­ing place all around the county.

The week-long fes­ti­val is partly funded by the Sci­ence Foun­da­tion Ire­land (SFI) and led by Wex­ford County Coun­cil in part­ner­ship with IT Car­low, Water­ford In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, Water­ford Wex­ford Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Board, the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency and Bord Ias­caigh Mhara.

The aim of WexSci is to pro­mote sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing, and maths (STEM) through a week-long fes­ti­val, with ac­tiv­i­ties in li­braries, com­mu­nity and fam­ily re­source cen­tres and lo­cal schools and col­leges. The or­gan­is­ers have promised a fun and en­gag­ing pro­gramme with some­thing to in­ter­est peo­ple of all ages and knowl­edge.

Wex­ford has been iden­ti­fied in SFI re­search as a low in­ter­ven­tion county in terms of STEM par­tic­i­pa­tion. With this in mind, the County Coun­cil and its part­ners have de­vel­oped a fes­ti­val pro­gramme to stim­u­late in­ter­est and de­bate about STEM and to en­cour­age peo­ple to en­gage with sci­ence in a fun and in­ter­ac­tive way.

The Fes­ti­val has been de­signed to in­ter­est peo­ple of all ages, the am­a­teur and the pro­fes­sional, the cu­ri­ous and those wish­ing to con­sider a ca­reer in sci­ence and to pro­mote aware­ness and un­der­stand­ing of the im­por­tance of STEM in ev­ery­day life.

The fes­ti­val will fea­ture some of the best na­tional and in­ter­na­tional sci­en­tists and re­searchers who will demon­strate and dis­cuss a broad range of top­ics, from hu­manol­ogy, cli­mate change and me­te­o­rol­ogy to code break­ing and as­tron­omy,from the trans­form­ing qual­i­ties of milk to neu­ro­science. There will be op­por­tu­ni­ties for the pub­lic to ex­pe­ri­ence STEM in a hands-on way, to learn how to be a lab­o­ra­tory tech­ni­cian, an en­gi­neer, sports sci­en­tist, ma­rine bi­ol­o­gist, agron­o­mist, im­mu­nol­o­gist, en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist, com­puter sci­en­tist or en­ergy con­ser­va­tor.

A high­light is the STEM Show­case, an open day in County Hall, Car­rick­lawn on Satur­day 17 Novem­ber from 10.45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ev­ery­one is in­vited to visit the show, to ex­plore the many sci­ence stands and try out in­ter­ac­tive demon­stra­tions. For in­for­ma­tion on Sci­ence Week events in the county visit www.sfi.ie and to ob­tain a brochure and book events email li­braryhq@wex­ford­coco.ie. or tele­phone 053 9196568.

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