Over 2,000 Attend Science Week Events at IT Carlow
More than 2,000 people attended events at IT Carlow as part of this week’s nationwide Science Week (9th-16th November)
A talk by Professor Des Higgins, one of the world’s most influential scientists; a presentation from Captain Andrew Brady on the use of scientific analysis and forensics in the military; a ‘Science of Fire’ show and an ‘Action Comet’ workshop for children, an examination of physical education and sport science by Comdt. Ross Dunphy, a tour of Teagasc headquarters in Oak Park and a Q&A session with student elite athletes were some of the highlights of the Institute’s packed programme of events for students, staff and researchers. Free health screenings, Coderdojo for young developers, a screening of Unbreakable – the Mark Pollock story and the national conference for the Irish Association of Community Pharmacy Technicians (IACPT) were amongst the other events which took place on campus during Science Week.
The aim of Science Week is to promote the relevance of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in our everyday lives and to demonstrate their importance to the future development of Irish society and to the economy. Science Week is coordinated by SFI Discover, the education-outreach programme of Science Foundation Ireland.
While Science Week concludes this weekend, science events continue at IT Carlow to the end of the month with science staff at the Department of Health & Science (DSH) hosting interactive demos and presentations during the Institute’s Open Day on 20th November and a Sport Science Triathalon in support of Eist scheduled to take place on 26th November.
Speaking about Science Week 2014 , Dr David Ryan, IT Carlow’s Head of Department of Science & Health said; “This year’s Science Week at IT Carlow was our best yet with an incredible programme for young and old. It was a great coup to have an internationally renowned scientist like Professor Higgins on campus engaging with our students, discussing his research and highlighting the endless possibilities for a career in science”.
Alma Feeley, Communications Dept.
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