Science Week 2.0: Design Your Future

This year’s Science Week 2015 takes place across Ireland from 8th  – 15th November, with this year’s theme, “Design Your Future” coinciding with a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the festival in Ireland. We love science for kids and anything that helps kids understand and embrace science is only a good thing in our opinion!

What is Science Week?

SciWeek-2015-Logo1Science Week 2015 takes place nationwide with events taking place in schools, libraries, universities, institutes of technology and other locations around the country. There will be regional festivals in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Waterford and the Midlands. Check out for details of all the events.

Linking in with the year of Irish Design, Science Week celebrates the deep connection between science and design. From medical devices and to our much-loved gadgets – we can see how closely these two areas are connected. Science Week 2.0: Design Your Future urges young people to actively ‘Design Your Future’ by engaging with science and embarking on exciting and fulfilling careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).

Who is it for?

The aim of the week-long festival is to promote the relevance of 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. Parents can also use these at home!

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.

How can I participate in Science Week?

science week Biodiversity greenwaveVisit the calendar to see what’s going on in your local area, try out some experiments at home and connect with the festival on Twitter and Facebook and don’t forget to use the hashtag #ScienceWeek 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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