One of the country’s biggest science festivals is returning to Cork next month but this time in a virtual setting.
There is something for everyone at the Cork Science Festival as it moves online this year with a huge selection of free events for all ages.
This year, the Cork Science Festival, ‘Shaping our Future’, will run from November 8 to 15.
The festival has a packed online program of free public engagement events, open days, science tours, talks, exhibitions, shows, workshops and school events.
Mervyn Horgan, Cork Science Festival coordinator, said: “This is a Cork Science Festival like no other this year and we are very excited to be back.
“Cork Science Week is truly a magical festival and a celebration of science events.
“We invite everyone, young and old to come and experience our online program of free public engagement events, science tours, talks, exhibitions, shows, workshops and school events.”
Robot building workshops will be taking place as will a virtual STEAM Kite Making Workshop. Kits will be delivered to schools taking part. There will also be a virtual workshop introducing children to science, what science is and how science affects our daily lives.
Another highlight will be a live reading from the Johnny Magory series of books by author Emma Jane Leeson. Also on the schedule is a ‘Virtual Climate Hack’, which will provide students with an opportunity to investigate the energy demand in their area and explore potential decarbonization options (moving away from fossil fuels to reduce carbon emissions), as well as an opportunity to ask experts about their proposed solutions.
With the workshops delivered online children can also discover the amazing world of microbes through Microbe Origami with APC Microbiome Ireland. An Electricity workshop features along with a show called ‘Up in Smoke with Professor Baloney’.
Fantastic DNA in a Box will encourage kids to work like a molecular biologist and extract DNA from cells in their kitchens with everyday life items such as hand sanitiser.