Exploring the XTRA-Ordinary – Science Week 2013

We’re all excited here at to announce that this year’s Science Week 2013 takes place across Ireland November 10th – 17th with this year’s theme of “Exploring the XTRA-Ordinary”. That’s because we love science for kids and anything that helps kids understand science is only a good thing in our opinion!

What is Science Week?

Science Week Sue Mc GrathScience Week is an annual designated week of organised events around the country in universities, ITs, libraries, schools and companies. Science Week is a time to celebrate and promote the relevance of science, technology, engineering and maths in our everyday lives and to demonstrate their importance to the future development of Irish society and to the economy.

The theme for Science Week 2013 is “Exploring the XTRA-Ordinary”, which focuses on the everyday applications of science that people may take for granted. For example, the science behind the water treatment processes to the water in our taps, the environment and why we have to recycle to the science of food, germs and microbes. Read more here.

Who is it for?

Science Week is a nationwide public event. Everyone from parents, teachers, primary and secondary school students are encouraged to get out to a Science Week event, learn a little more about science and enjoy the activities on offer.

You can even organise your own Science Week event! All you have to do is register on the Science Week website and submit your event to the Science Week calendar by October 11th, then we can send you FREE branded Science Week merchandise! – Event organisers can only order merchandise after they have registered an event online.

Why not check out what your children’s schools are planning to do for Science Week? Or check out the events planned for your area here on the Science Week website.

What sort of activities are there?

Science Week kids get ready to take off with Paolo Nespoli from ESAThere are hundreds of talks, tours, shows, workshops, experiments, quizzes, competitions, open days and interactive exhibits on all things science available – from astronomy to forensic science, keeping healthy, sports science, engineering, evolution, history of science, physics, rocket science, marine biology, neuroscience, media production, animation, science communication, science table quizzes, photography competitions, experimental archaeology and much more.

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 brand new resources for primary and secondary school teachers and students with lots of class activities to carry out (Parents can also use these at home!)

Give me some examples of what’s on offer

We’re delighted to launch our new Science Week Primary Schools competition, which has been sponsored by eBug, the HPSC and HSE. Students can get creative designing their own microbes and win a science show for their school! Have a look at the competitions.

Other activities available include Balloon Planets shows, award winning maths busking shows and the Science Snaps photography competition. Check out the Science Week website for more information on these competitions and events like the Mayo Science and Technology Festival and Galway Science and Technology Festival.

My kids aren’t that interested in Science, what can they do?

science week Biodiversity greenwaveScience is everywhere! Whatever your kids are interested in, whether its sports, computer games, cosmetics or formula 1 cars, there is always a scientific aspect behind it. Science Week is the perfect opportunity to discover a new interest or to develop a better understanding of how everyday things work!

Why should I participate in Science Week?

The purpose of Science Week is to improve everyone’s understanding of science and to celebrate it! Wouldn’t you like to be able to answer your child’s questions about the world? Like why is the sky blue? Why do we have to recycle?

The general perception of a science usually consists of test tubes and lab coats. But science is everywhere. It’s in the water we drink, the air we breathe, the food we eat and what we see in the sky.

So take advantage of Science Week to learn a little more and enjoy it!

Got any more questions about Science Week? Check out our FAQ and ‘How to get involved guide
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“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

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