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Southeast Science Festival 2018

Calmast coordinates National Science Week events in the South East. Events will run at WIT and at schools and venues across the Region.
When Nov 05, 2018 09:00 AM to
Nov 18, 2018 05:00 PM
Contact Name
Contact Phone 051 302037
Attendees Primary & Secondary Schools
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SOUTHEAST SCIENCE FESTIVAL 2018

 

The Southeast Science Festival takes place from 5-18 November 2018 and is the regional celebration of National Science Week (11-18 November 2018). The festival is coordinated by Calmast, the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) Outreach Hub for the Southeast at Waterford Institute of Technology and brings top scientists and science presenters from Ireland and abroad to counties Kilkenny, Tipperary, Wexford and Waterford.

Please find below the Southeast Science Festival Programme for

Primary Schools                                           (download PDF here)

Secondary Schools (Junior Cycle and TY)  (download PDF here)

Secondary Schools (Senior Cycle)              (download PDF here)

Secondary Schools Special Events             (download PDF here)

General Public and Family Events               (download PDF here)

 

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Twitter: @CalmastWIT

Instagram: @CalmastWIT

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Booking

All events are free but booking is essential since places are limited.

Please contact Eleanor Reade, School of Science, WIT to book a workshop or show unless specific contact details are given: 051 302037 or email ereade@wit.ie

Photo and video consent

Please note that all events will be photographed and/or videoed. All photos and videos are intended for non-profit use to promote STEM, this includes promotion on social media. Pupils and teachers will not be named unless permission is given.

By booking, you are giving consent to photography and/or videoing. If you do not consent please let us know at the time of booking.

 

Primary School Programme

The REAL Science of the Circus

Presenter: James Soper, the Juggling Scientist

Audience: Primary school pupils, 4th-6th class

The Real Science of the Circus is a live science show like no other. Performed by James Soper, the juggling scientist, the show is a spectacular combination of top quality circus skill and science education. Spectacular juggling and balancing tricks show how forces work and combine when real circus performers show off their skill.

5 November 2018

10.00 am - 11.00 am

Waterford Institute of Technology, Auditorium

 

9 November 2018

9.30 am – 10.30 am

Dungarvan Town Hall Theatre

This event is supported by GSK: GSK STEM Ambassadors will present a selection of hands-on STEM activities before and after the show.

 

It takes guts

Presenter: London Science Museum

Audience: Primary school pupils, 3rd-6th class

Follow the journey of your food into your mouth, through the acid bath in your stomach, along metre after metre of pulsating guts, and then… out the other end! This show, featuring video footage of people's inside, is a gross, squirm-inducing demonstration of why exactly your poo is brown.

Waterford Institute of Technology, Auditorium
8 November 2018
9.45 am – 10.45 am
11.15 am – 12.15 pm

Watershed Kilkenny
14 November 2018
9.45 am – 10.45 am
11.15 am – 12.15 pm

 

In a Spin

Presenter: Dr Ken Farquhar

Audience: Primary school pupils, 4th-6th class

Dr Ken is a World juggling champion, soap bubble chemist and international science performer. His unique show ‘In a Spin’ is about all things that spin and features bizarre bicycles, unmissable golf putters and yo-yo’s that always come back! Join Dr Ken at WIT this year to learn all about the science of spinning – and you might even get a hands-on experience as Dr Ken’s volunteer during the show!

Waterford Institute of Technology, Auditorium
14 November 2018
9.45 am – 10.45 am
11.15 am – 12.15 pm

The Bubble Show

Presenter: London Science Museum

Audience: Primary school pupils

The Bubble Show is the London Science Museum’s most popular show. This amazing spectacle features bubbles of all sizes going up, down, this way, that way, and all over the place… with a little help from the audience! Find out the secret Science Museum bubble recipe, learn how certain materials can change the way others behave, and step inside the famous human bubble.

Waterford Institute of Technology, Auditorium
15 November 2018
9.45 am – 10.45 am
11.15 am – 12.15 pm
12.45 pm – 1.45 pm

 

Using Maths to Win Games

Presenter: Dr Kieran Murphy

Audience: Primary school pupils, 5th/6th class

This fun and interactive workshop run by maths lecturer Dr Kieran Murphy explores the ideas behind combinatorial games – games where two players take turns trying to outsmart each other (Nim, Take-Away Game, The Poisoned Chocolate Game). Participants will be introduced to the fundamentals behind such games before students can try out their own strategies to discover the best strategy for winning. This session will frame mathematics in a positive light and will allow participants to be at ease with fun maths games.

Waterford Institute of Technology, FTG25 – meet in WIT Atrium
15 November 2018
11.00 am – 12.00 pm
12.30 pm – 1.30 pm

Force, of Course!

Presenter: W5 Belfast

Audience: Primary school pupils, 5th/6th class

W5’, Northern Ireland's Interactive Science Museum delivers this interactive show bringing fun and learning together. This show covers all about forces in a variety of fun and interactive demonstrations. Explore Newton’s Three Laws of Motion in this show using simple items like balloons, a football, a cat flap and some really high-tech gadgetry!

Waterford Institute of Technology, Auditorium
16 November 2018
9.45 am – 10.45 am

 

The Rocky History of the Copper Coast

Presenter: Robbie Galvin, Copper Coast Geopark

Audience: Primary school pupils

Learn about how the Earth’s climate has changed over millions of years and how these changes are reflected in the rocks and landscape of County Waterford. Robbie Galvin, Copper Coast Geologist, will guide the pupils through an interactive workshop and presentation on both geological time and environmental change.

This activity is part of The Atlantic Geotourism Route project which is co-funded by the ERDF.

At your school.

Booking via Copper Coast Geopark.

Please call Robbie Galvin, 087 1731034 or email robbie@coppercoastgeopark.com to arrange a visit.

 

Secondary JC & TY

The Real Science of the Circus

 

Presenter: James Soper, the Juggling Scientist

Audience: Secondary school students, Junior Cycle and TY

The Real Science of the Circus is a live science show like no other. Performed by James Soper, the juggling scientist, the show is a spectacular combination of top quality circus skill and science education. Spectacular juggling and balancing tricks show how forces work and combine when real circus performers show off their skill.

Dungarvan Town Hall Theatre

This event is supported by GSK: GSK STEM Ambassadors will present a selection of hands-on STEM activities before and after the show.

8 November 2018

 

1.00 pm – 2.00 pm

 

It takes guts

Presenter: London Science Museum

Audience: Secondary school students, Junior Cycle

Follow the journey of your food into your mouth, through the acid bath in your stomach, along metre after metre of pulsating guts, and then… out the other end! This show, featuring video footage of people's inside, is a gross, squirm-inducing demonstration of why exactly your poo is brown.

Waterford Institute of Technology, Auditorium

12 November 2018 13 November 2018

12.45 pm – 1.45 pm 12.45 pm – 1.45 pm

Watershed Kilkenny

14 November 2018

 

12.45 pm – 1.45 pm

 

In a Spin

Presenter: Dr Ken Farquhar

Audience: Secondary school students, Junior Cycle and TY

Dr Ken is a World juggling champion, soap bubble chemist and international science performer. His unique show ‘In a Spin’ is about all things that spin and features bizarre bicycles, unmissable golf putters and yo-yo’s that always come back! Join Dr Ken at WIT this year to learn all about the science of spinning – and you might even get a hands-on experience as Dr Ken’s volunteer during the show!

Waterford Institute of Technology, Auditorium

14 November 2018

12.45 pm – 1.45 pm

 

The SET Game

Presenter: Dr Aoife Hennessy

Audience: Secondary school students, Junior Cycle and TY

This exciting workshop led by Dr Aoife Hennessy, lecturer at WIT, revolves around a challenging and enjoyable card game with a rich mathematical structure. Participants will explore the combinatorial links that arise through the challenging game. Throughout the game they will strengthen their counting skills, which play a large role in problem solving. This topic has strong links to the Junior Certificate syllabus.

Waterford Institute of Technology, Auditorium

14 November 2018

9.30 am – 10.30 am

11.00 am – 12.00 pm

 

Force of Course!

Presenter: W5 Belfast

Audience:  Secondary school students, Junior Cycle and TY

W5’s interactive show brings fun and learning together. This show covers all about forces in a variety of fun and interactive demonstrations. Explore Newton’s Three Laws of Motion in this show using simple items like balloons, a football, a cat flap and some really high-tech gadgetry!

Waterford Institute of Technology, Auditorium

16 November 2018

11.15 am – 12.15 pm

12.45 pm – 1.45 pm

 

Secondary Schools Senior Cycle

The Life and Work of Isaac Newton

Presenter: Dr Gabriel Gallagher

Audience: Secondary school students, Senior Cycle

Isaac Newton is arguably the greatest scientist of all time. Join Gabriel Gallagher, physics lecturer at WIT to look at Newton’s complex personality and fascinating life. You will also explore his laws of motion and law of gravity from a different perspective and find out how these laws, dating from 1687, established the bedrock for our understanding of the physical world.

Waterford Institute of Technology, Auditorium

9 November 2018

12.00 pm – 1.00 pm

 

The Internet in Your Car

Presenter: Brendan Jackman, Frank Walsh

Audience: Secondary school students, Senior Cycle

In this workshop Brendan Jackman and Frank Walsh, lecturers at WIT, explain how a network of computers in modern cars is used to control everything from the engine to electric windows and entertainment systems. The basic principles of how vehicle networks operate will be explained and there will be a live demonstration of real networks from a Jaguar Land Rover vehicle.

Waterford Institute of Technology, FTG25 – meet in WIT Atrium

12 November 2018

11.30 am – 12.30 pm

Station X: World War 2, Secret Codes, Enigma and Colossus

Presenter: Rob O’Connor

Audience: Secondary school students, Senior Cycle

Rob O’Connor, lecturer at WIT, tells the story of electronic information first being used as a weapon in warfare: How a band of misfit mathematicians, engineers and codebreakers helped win World War 2 and kickstarted the computer industry.

Waterford Institute of Technology, FTG25 – meet in WIT Atrium

13 November 2018

10.15 am – 11.15 am