World Space Week takes place from October 4th to 10th 2018. There are fun events taking place across Ireland to celebrate Space Week 2018 and many schools and colleges are celebrating with STEM events for their students. We have picked 8 Out of This World Events Taking Place in Ireland to celebrate Space Week 2018 which we think you will enjoy.
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Space Week 2018 hopes to encourage young people, teachers and parents to explore Our Planet, Our Space and Our Time using STEM. Space Week is brought to you by CIT Blackrock Observatory with the support of Science Foundation Ireland and ESERO Ireland.
Events take place nationwide so do look out for ones happening near you, or think about organising your own Space Week event.
Check out the ESERO Primary Level classroom activities for a range of fun, educational projects to inspire young minds.
#1. Space Week Supernova at Blackrock Castle Observatory, Cork
Have the ultimate school tour this Space Week 2018, with a Supernova tour and Sun & Shadows Workshop for primary schools and Make Space Workshops for junior cycle science students. Booking is required.
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#2. Space Careers Roadshow – The Importance of Space, Dublin & Cork
On October 4th, Dublin City University (DCU) will hold the first of 2 Space Career Road Shows aimed at students in transition, 5th & 6th year. The 2nd event takes place at Cork Institute of Technology on October 10th.
Students will have the opportunity to engage with space industry professionals and learn more about the opportunities that a STEM career in space has to offer. It is a free event and invites will be issued to schools nationwide.
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#3. Guided Star Show at Schull Planetarium, Cork
On October 5th enjoy a guided star show at Schull Planetarium and learn a new skill that you can take home and use during the long winter nights and into the summer months.
You will get a tour of the night sky and be shown how to find and identify constellations, planets and even deep sky objects. Booking is required.
#4. Rocket Launch at Birr Castle, Offaly
On October 7th celebrate Space Week 2018 with a look at how rockets work at the Birr Castle Observatory. And afterwards you and your family will build a rocket to launch into space! Whose will go the furthest?
You can also check out the 7 science galleries, the great telescope and have fun in the parklands and playground at Birr Castle. Booking is required.
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#5. Astro Boy at the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin
On October 7th enjoy an afternoon of space exploration when you join Astro Boy on his travels beyond the stars. This is a free event and no booking is required.
#6. Space Flight Columbia, Mayo
On October 9th at The Grainne Uaile, Newport, Co Mayo, celebrate Space Week 2018 with a look at the first flight of the Columbia. There is no booking required. Members are free, €5 per non members.
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#7. Space Selfie
As part of the Cork Space Careers Roadshow which takes place at Cork Institute of Technology on October 10th, the team are asking the general public to come along and be part of a Space Selfie! They will form the people into a shape that can be detected and photographed by satellite! This is a free event and no booking is required.
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#8. STEM 2.0: Interactive STEM Weekend at Arnotts, Dublin
On October 13th, Arnotts Childrenswear department will host a series of fun and educational events for children to celebrate Space Week 2018. You can discover the wonders of the night sky at the Star Dome. And engineer, scientist, performer and one of Ireland’s leading space explorers, Dr. Niamh Shaw, will be there with Stargazer Lottie to inspire children to dream big with stories of space and adventure. There will be face painting and other STEM activities for all to enjoy. This is a free event and no booking is required.
Finally take part in the Starman Project to celebrate 50 years since the first moon landings.
Over to you now. Are you going to attend any of these fun events for Space Week 2018 or is your school organising a fun Space Week Themed event? Please let us know in the comments box below.