About the school workshops

We offer a range of free interactive fossil workshops for primary and secondary school students delivered in person by scientists from the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences based at University College Cork.

Our workshops are suitable for primary classes from third class through to sixth class, and for secondary school Junior and Senior Cycle students. The workshop content is adapted to suit each age group.

The fossil workshops are directly linked to a variety of STEM subjects such as science and mathematics and link to important topics on the STEM curriculum such as climate change, biodiversity, animal behaviour, evolution, pollution, and even human physiology.

Students can interact with

  • real fossils
  • 3D printed materials
  • 2D and 3D puzzles
  • real laboratory equipment using UV light and X-rays 

We currently offer five lessons which are delivered across three separate workshops. Each workshop is approximately 3 hours in duration and comprises multiple interactive activities. Workshops can be delivered individually or as part of a complete series. 

The workshops include interaction with a collection of real Irish fossils on loan from the Education & Outreach Department, National Museum of Ireland.

How can I book a workshop?

Get in touch with us via email

Dr Jess Franklin

Dr Jess Franklin

Science Engagement Officer

Professor Maria McNamara

Professor Maria McNamara

Professor of Palaeontology

Ireland's Fossil Heritage

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University College Cork, Distillery Fields, North Mall, Cork, T23 TK30,