Some 5,000 visitors are expected to attend the annual Science Fair at IT Sligo, which takes place on Sunday November 11, marking the beginning of Science Week 2012.
The Institute will also host nightly public lectures during the week on subjects ranging from Amateur Rocketry and the Northern Lights, to Septic Tanks and Bird Watching.
Science Week is celebrated throughout the country from November 11 to 18 with the aim of promoting the relevance of science, technology, engineering and maths in our everyday lives and to demonstrate their importance to the future development of Irish society and to the economy. The theme of this year’s Science Week is ‘Everyday Experimenting’.
IT Sligo’s annual Science Fair is the largest free event for families in the North West and boasts an action-packed programme where discovering the science behind the magic will be a key theme for all age groups. You can make your own prehistoric necklaces, build an Xbox game, or examine the chemistry behind hip hop dancing. There will be events to suit very young children as well as those with some understanding of science.
The nightly lecture series features guest lectures on the Northern Lights (Monday, November 12), an evening of Science, Poetry and Music and the Lives of Sligo Scientists (Tuesday, November 13), an information lecture on Septic Tanks (Wednesday, November 14), the Irish Amateur Rocketry Association lecture ‘From Donegal to Space’ (Thursday, November 15) and a lecture from Bird Watch Ireland (Friday, November 16).
Dr Jeremy Bird Head of the School of Science at IT Sligo says that Science Week is an opportunity to encourage people of all ages to think about the importance of science in our everyday lives.
“The Science Fair is a great day out for families— we have found that even people who think they have no interest in science are fascinated by the experience,” he said. “Last year we had packed lecture theatres every night for the nightly public lecture series and we expect this year’s series to be just as popular. Science is all around us and we use the opportunity of Science Week every year to invite members of the public in to the Institute to learn more about how the subject applies to them and their everyday lives.”
The Science Fair takes place at IT Sligo from 12noon to 6pm on Sunday, November 11. The nightly lectures all take place at 7.30pm in IT Sligo with the exception of Tuesday Night’s event, which is being held in the Canis Major in the Clarion Hotel. Admission to all events is free and open to all members of the public to attend.
Image caption above right: Triplets Eoin, Mairead and Seamus Connolly, and their sister Roisin, getting ready for some mad science experiments at the 2011 Science Fair.