EUREKA! 3rd Edition of the Science & Technology Festival Kicks Off Next Week
Climate Change, Space and Celebrating Women in Technology are the three major themes of this year’s Eureka science and technology festival, which returns to IT Carlow for its third edition next week (11th -16th November) with a host of fun and interactive experiences to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers - making IT Carlow the place to be for National Science Week.
Conceived and organized by Dr. Darren Kavanagh, an engineering lecturer at Institute of Technology Carlow, Eureka runs in tandem with National Science Week. The festival is supported by Science Foundation Ireland under the discover programme.
Boasting a varied programme of more than 20 incredible events, including active learning workshops, exhibitions, demonstrations, interactive seminars and debates, Eureka actively promotes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) to primary, secondary and third-level students as well as teachers, academics and members of the public.
This year’s programme is better than ever! CSI: Carlow Science Investigation will see two members of the Garda Ballistics Section talk about the application of Forensic Science to the investigation of crime in Ireland. In Open Biology Class, first year bioscience students will introduce people to different bacteria, protists and parasites. Participants will be able to take pictures holding giant African snails and hissing cockroaches! Meanwhile, Perplexing Puzzles will see a selection of puzzles and riddles to “strain the brain” positioned at various locations around the IT Carlow campus to bewilder and challenge reason!
Titan II, a 35-tonne interactive STEM truck, will be at IT Carlow next Tuesday (12th Nov) to provide a hands-on experience of engineering and technology used in industry today. It will showcase the latest innovations such as Raspberry Pi, 3D printing, robotics, the Internet of Things and thermal imaging, plus virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). Tickets must be booked via Eventbrite.
In How To Save the Planet in 45 Minutes, join Dr. Ken on his one-wheel energy saving in his bid to save money and humankind and find out how you can affect climate change, one tree at a time. Elsewhere, join three eminent scientists in Space – Crossing the Knowledge Horizon as they bring visitors on an exquisite journey exploring space and time, offering new views of the early Universe and venturing back to the Apollo era, from the personal perspective of NASA analyst Pat Norris. Learn about the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to Hubble, and see what treats are in store for the future.
In Geodesic Structures, TY students will work in teams to create and experiment with a geodesic dome. TY students will also have the opportunity take an interactive tour of the IT Carlow aircraft hangar with an experience aerospace engineer. Meanwhile, in The Ugly Animal Road Show, celebrate and explore the incredible biology of the animal kingdom’s most monstrous.
Precious Plant promises to be a thought-provoking session on the major challenges our planet faces and examines what new narratives are needed to increase public support for action on climate change. The effects of global warming on animals and biodiversity will also be discussed. Speakers include Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan TD; Dr. Thomas Reed, Senior Lecturer in Zoology at UCC; Dr. Justin Bishop from the University of Cambridge and Conor O’Brien from ESB e-cars.
Sláinte Science will see a brew master give an interactive talk on the science of brewing. There will be different beers on display and plenty of time for tastings as well as discussion!
In Celebrating Women in Technology, TY, 5th and 6th Year students are invited to a discussion with women who are leaders in technology in Ireland. Meanwhile, primary school pupils will love K’NEX in Space: Physics & Engineering at which teams of future engineers and scientists will compete with one another to solve challenges using imagination and K'NEX components.
The annual Eureka movie screening returns and this year The Martian, starring Matt Damon that will be screened in IMC Carlow on Friday morning. Making another welcome return is the STEM Cake Bake-Off. The cakes will be judged anonymously at a team party and auctioned for charity on Friday 15th November.
Commenting on this year’s Eureka festival, Dr. Darren Kavanagh commented, “Eureka will play a very important role in the advancement of a strong and vibrant STEM culture and ecosystem for the region. We are very grateful to Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) for its continued financial support and encouragement”.
For further information www.eurekafestival.ie. For Twitter, use #eurekacarlow #believeinscience