8 Extraordinary Science Week Events Not To Be Missed

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Are you ready for Science Week 2020? Science Week takes place in Ireland from 8th – 15th November 2020. We have picked out 8 Extraordinary Science Week Events Not To Be Missed this year. 

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There are lots of fun events taking place this year online to celebrate Science Week, here’s just a small selection of ones that caught our eye!

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Extraordinary Science Week Events

#1. Baking in Space – Bake to the Future

When: Sunday 8th November 7pm Premiere (general UK/Ireland audiences), Wednesday 11th November 7pm Midlands Science Festival, Saturday 14th November 7pm Wexford Science Festival, Sunday 15th November 7pm Limerick Science Festival

Bake your way to the future at the Baking in Space event Sunday, 8 November 2020, 7 – 8pm with lots of live demonstrations, tasting and audience interaction, your curiosity will be whisked, stirred, and taken out of this world…

Space champion, Dr. Niamh Shaw, Great British Bake-Off finalist, Andrew Smyth, along with special guests including Britain’s first Astronaut, Helen Sharman, will bring you on a journey from Earth to the Moon and back, with demos and bakes directly to your kitchens!

Suitable for ages 8+

How to Book: Tickets are free, book via the British Council Website

#2. National Reptile Zoo – Zoo Zoom

When: Saturday 14th November 2020, 11am – 12pm

The National Reptile Zoo will be live with a whole range of animal ambassadors. You can expect to see anything from snakes to tortoise, tarantulas to geckos and more! You will also get a sneak peak of their premises in the heart of Kilkenny and some behind the scene action with their zookeepers. This is a great opportunity to connect with Ireland’s own experts in reptile care and conservation.

How to Book: Tickets are free and can be booked on Eventbrite.

#3. Messy Science Show

When: Sunday 15th November 2020 11:30am–12:30pm

A thirty minute science show with an emphasis on showing how much fun experimental science is. A mix of laughter, experiments, and a puppet professor, to bring the material alive. Suitable for ages 6-12. We make slime, we mess with non-newtonian fluids, and we blow up a bottle of coke. For starters… We end with a rocket.

You will be required to access through Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Cork Science Festival will send you the log on link the morning of the event.

How to Book: Tickets are free and can be booked on Eventbrite.

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#4. Science Family Day

When: Saturday 14th November, times tbc

This is a free fun-filled family day to get involved in Science Week online. On Saturday the 14th of November, Science Foundation Ireland will be hosting a day of engaging online events for all the family from a live quiz, interactive workshops and entertaining presentations. A full programme will be announced nearer the date.

How to Book: Tickets are free, book on Eventbrite.

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#5. Galway Science & Technology Festival

When: Sunday 22nd November, various times

The 2020 annual Family Day Exhibition at Galway Science and Technology Festival will be a virtual event this year broadcast on YouTube – this production promises to be a fun, engaging and much anticipated event during these restricted times. Put Sunday 22nd November in your diaries, have your science costumes ready to put on and be ready for lots of activities including Sue McGrath’s awesome Bubble Magic show, Dr Michel Dugon’s bugs and spiders and James Soper will teach you how to juggle while is explains about the forces of gravity.

How to Book: Tickets for various workshops will be released on 14th November on Eventbrite.

#6. Gulp!

When: Tuesday 10th November 8pm

A hugely popular show, now in its 6th year, GULP!, in association with St. Angela’s is coming for dinner at your house! The show explores the science and culture of food, presented by science broadcaster Jonathan McCrea (Newstalk/RTE) and chef Ivan Varian (Dalkey Food Company).

In an exclusive evening sitting, 6 (un)lucky households will open mystery food packages live and dine online for us all to watch. Showcasing some of the most unusual foods on the planet, Jonathan and Ivan invite you to explore all of the senses that affect how we enjoy our food. Expect the unexpected in this hilarious family show  (+12 age recommended) and watch as participants try exotic meat, nutritious sludge, stinky fruit and much more. GULP! is a celebration of the senses that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your couch.

How to Book: Tickets are €7 and can be booked on Eventbrite.

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#7. How to Build an Iron Man Suit

When: Wednesday 11th November 6.30pm

Barry Fitzgerald ( himself a Superhero Scientist ) will discuss how many characters in the superhero genre are self-made superheroes – such as Tony Stark, Riri Williams, Bruce Wayne, and Shuri who have developed technologies that they can wear to enhance their abilities. In this interactive workshop, you will learn how current research in multiple scientific disciplines can be combined to build iconic wearable superhero technologies.

How to Book: Tickets are free and can be booked on Eventbrite.

#8. Cryptography a Secret Language

Book your free code maker kit from your local Wexford library as part of the Wexford Science Festival. Your local library will then arrange for you to receive your Cryptography kit and online resources as part of this event. The kits contain everything to write and break secret codes including an invisible pen, a cipher wheel and instructions to enjoy.

Recommended for children 8-years of age and older. As part of this kit you will receive a hidden message within your pack for you to decode – the first person to crack the code will receive a free prize!

Regional Science Week 2020 Festivals

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There are regional Science Week 2020 Festivals taking place around the country with online events:

Have your say! Are you planning on taking part in Science Week 2020? Please let us know in the comments box below. 

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