Science Week 2018

Cork Science Festival is a week-long festival of more than 100 science events and activities taking place across multiple venues across Cork from 11 - 18 November 2018. Part of Science Week Ireland, the festival includes a program of free public engagement events, community talks, exhibitions, shows and school workshops to inspire young people to take up studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We have an exciting timetable of science based activities for you to enjoy during Cork Science Festival.
We can tell them what kind of dinosaur they walk like!

Dr Maria McNamara

Paleobiologist, School of BEES, UCC

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Science is literally everywhere in our everyday lives...

Aoife Deane

Cork Science Festival, Organising Committee

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Science Week Timetable

EventLocationTimeDateAudienceAdmissionType(s) of Event
Celebrate Science Western Gateway Building UCC, Western Road, Cork

12pm - 5pm

Sunday, 11 Nov 2018 All Free Workshops, Tours, Exhibitions and Shows
The Colours of Fossil Animals Eureka Science Lab, Kane Building, UCC Main Campus, College Road, Cork 

12pm - 1pm

Monday, 12 Nov 2018 Secondary school students Free (booking required) Interactive Lecture
Surprising Science Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, College Road, Cork 

Show 1: 10am - 11am

Show 2: 11am - 12pm

Show 3: 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Tuesday, 13 Nov 2018 Primary school students (2nd - 6th class) Free (booking required) Science shows
Cell Explorers Eureka Science Lab, Kane Building, UCC Main Campus, College Road, Cork

Session 1: 10am - 11am

Session 2: 11.30am - 12.30pm

Wednesday, 14 Nov 2018 Primary school students (3rd - 4th class) Free (booking required) Hands-on science workshop
Special Collections and Archives - Science Edition Boole Library, UCC Main Campus, College Road, Cork

Session 1: 10am - 11am

Session 2: 11.30am - 12.30pm

Wednesday, 14 Nov 2018 Secondary school students (junior cycle) Free (booking required) Show and tell, Tour
Solve the Crime Eureka Science Lab, Kane Building, UCC Main Campus, College Road, Cork 

Session 1: 9.30am - 11am

Session 2: 11am - 12.30pm

Thursday, 15 Nov 2018 Primary school students (5th - 6th class) Free (booking required) Hands-on science workshop
Fun with Food Food Science Lab, UCC Food Science Building, UCC Main Campus, College Road Cork 

Session 1: 10am - 11am

Session 2: 11.30am - 12.30pm

Thursday, 15 Nov 2018 Primary school students (5th - 6th class) Free (booking required)  
Surprising Science Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, College Road, Cork 

Show 1: 11am - 12pm

Show 2: 12pm - 1pm

Show 3: 1pm - 2pm

Friday, 16 Nov 2018 Primary school students (2nd - 6th class) Free (booking required) Science shows
Community Festival of Science Neptune Stadium, 95 Gerald Griffin St, Blackpool, Cork

2pm - 6pm

Sunday, 18 Nov 2018 All Free Exhibitions, Shows

Celebrate Science

Celebrate Science will have activities spread over three floors of the Western Gateway Building in UCC (Western Road, Cork), with something for everyone, including

  • LEGO Robotics,
  • Photonics,
  • Disgusting Digestion,
  • MathsWorks,
  • Coding,
  • Experiments,
  • Dinosaurs,  
  • large-scale Science Shows
  • ...and much more.

Admission is FREE and all are welcome. Some of our popular workshops may be booked in advance, 25% of all spaces will be available on the day. We welcome you to drop in, have fun at the many activity stands, enjoy a show and engage some great Cork Science hands on.

Doors open at 12pm on Sunday, 11 November 2018 with workshops, shows and activity stands rolling throughout the day. Booking is not essential but advised for shows/workshops to guarantee your preferred activity. For further details please see www.corksciencefestival.ie

The Colours of Fossil Animals

Have you ever wondered what fossil creatures really looked like? UCC’s resident palaeontologist, Dr Maria McNamara, will share cutting-edge scientific research into how we can work out the colours of ancient creatures. This is not a regular lecture, however – you, the audience, will be heavily involved in real-time demonstrations! Using a common-sense approach Maria will encourage participants to use critical thinking skills to work out what happens to colours during the fossilization process, drawing on major themes across physics, chemistry, and biology.

Surprising Science

The Surprising Science show is packed with science tricks, stunts and puzzles. Dr Matt Pritchard challenges you to discover the sneaky scientific secrets behind surprising illusions.

This is not just an awe & wonder show but one that encourages scientific enquiry and critical thinking skills. Along the way you will learn a host of science tricks using everyday household objects that you can go away and try later. During the show Matt will share his background and love of science. 

Surprising science shows will run on Tuesday, 13 November 2018 and Thursday, 15 November 2018

Cell Explorers

Our friends from Cell Explorers will present a hands-on science session, "Fantastic DNA", designed to allow you to practice science in your own classroom. As a budding explorer, you will discover DNA by extracting DNA from a banana to take home and by building a DNA double helix.

The Fantastic DNA Show is also available to visit schools throughout the county. 

Special Collections and Archives - Science Edition

Visit the UCC Boole library for a 20 minute tour of the library itself and a 20-25 minutes show & tell session in our Special Collections.

We will introduce you to our Special Collections and have science related examples on hand. We'll then give you, the student, 10-15 minutes to browse and handle each of the items in the room. You'll get to explore various George Boole (the father of computing as he is sometimes known) related items and experience an old-style wooden microscope!

Solve the Crime

In the era of true crime podcasts and TV series including Serial, Making a Murderer and Evil Genius, everyone thinks they can solve crime. But what’s really involved?

On Thursday, 15 November, UCC's School of Chemistry will be opening up its laboratory doors to primary school students to take on the role of chemical/forensic scientists. We will show you what it takes to solve a crime - you will meet chemistry and forensics researchers and learn:

  • how to chemically test evidence from a crime scene,
  • how to take fingerprints,
  • and how to prepare footwear casts in order to compare shoe prints from a crime scene!

Fun with Food and Nutrition

Delve into our scientific kitchen and take part in a variety of hands-on activities in our Food Science laboratory (located in the dedicated Food Science Building in UCC) including making tofu, yoghurt, dippin' dots and alginate beads! We'll also introduce you to the whole area of nutrition and health in this session on Thursday, 15 November.  

Community Festival of Science

Meet UCC and other scientists, engineers and researchers up close, at Neptune Stadium on Sunday, 18 November - quiz them, have a go, and enjoy yourself!

​Pick up your Festival Passport at the door, complete the rounds and you could win some amazing science prizes. ​

Try your hand at some science activities, explore the stars; test your problem-solving skills and meet ordinary people using science in everyday life.

Visit the www.corksciencefestival.ie website for further information. 

Thank you

The 2018 Cork Science Festival is funded by Science Foundation Ireland and developed by a team representing the best in education and industry in science, technology, engineering, arts, research and mathematics based in Cork. More than 10,000 people are expected to participate in workshops and activities over the festival.

College of Science, Engineering and Food Science

Coláiste na hEolaíochta, na hInnealtóireachta agus na hEolaíochta Bia

Block E, Level 3, Food Science Building, UCC, Cork

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