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The Power of Science – Science Week 2014

We’re all delighted to announce that this year’s Science Week 2014 takes place across Ireland from November 9th – 16th with this year’s theme of “The Power of Science”. We love science for kids and anything that helps kids understand science is only a good thing in our opinion!

What is Science Week?

The Power of Science WeekScience Week 2014 takes place nationwide from 9th to 16th November 2014.  Events will take place in schools, libraries, universities, institutes of technology and other locations around the country.  There will be festivals in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Waterford and the Midlands.  Check out www.scienceweek.ie for details of all the events.

The theme for this year’s event is ‘The Power of Science‘. We see, hear, touch, taste and experience the wonder of science every day.

Who is it for?

The aim of the week-long festival is to promote the relevance of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to our everyday lives and to demonstrate their importance to the future development of Irish society and to the economy.
Why not have your own science event at home!  A series of activity sheets are included in the resources section of the website  for both primary and second level students – have fun making Giant’s Blood or discover the power of chemicals.

What sort of activities are there?

There are hundreds of talks, tours, shows, workshops, experiments, quizzes, competitions, open days and interactive exhibits on all things science available – from the electricity that lights and heats our homes, to smartphones that connect us to family and friends, to robots that carry out intricate surgery, and space technology that reveals the secrets of the cosmos – science empowers us to shape every aspect of our world.

There is a facility on the Science Week website to filter events to audience, location category and admission. Many events are free, but some are invite only and/or require registration, booking and/or entrance fees.

If you can’t make it to an event why not check out our resources for primary and secondary school teachers and students with lots of class activities to carry out (Parents can also use these at home!)

How can I participate in Science Week?

science week Biodiversity greenwaveCheck out our ‘Get Involved’ guide and see how you can join in the fun. Connect with us on Twitter and Facebook and don’t forget to use the hashtag #SciWk2014 to be part of the conversation!

Related : Smart Futures : Getting your child more involved in Science and Maths

Are you planning to run or take part in a Science Week event? What’s your views on it? Share them with us in the comments below.

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Michelle is a Mum to 2 girls and co-founded Mykidstime.