What’s On: The Inside Scoop on the Galway Science and Technology Festival


The 2012 Galway Science and Technology Festival takes place in Galway until November 25th. We asked Anne Casserly, Marketing and Administration Manager to tell us why families should go.

Galway Science and Technology Festival

This is the 15th year of the Galway Science and Technology Festival – what can parents expect this year?

The Festival runs from the 12th–25th November and includes free shows and activities for primary and secondary school students and a family day out at the Final Day Exhibition on Sunday 25th November. It aims to increase the uptake and popularity of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects among young people by bringing shows to schools throughout Galway city and county over the two-week free event.

What are you most looking forward to going to yourself at it? 

During the Final Day Exhibition at NUI Galway on Sunday 25th November visitors can enjoy over 80 interactive stands representing areas including research, education, industry and the environment and 20 separate shows for all ages.  Exhibition shows include Killaloe Exploration Dome, a mobile planetarium designed to explore science, astronomy, geology and geography in a fun and interactive way. I’m really excited about the True Physics Show with Declan Holmes which is an interactive hands on science show where students participate in launching rockets and flying helicopters.

The colourful and fun K’Nex Roadshow is based on the dynamic, open ended, spatial building system – K’nex education provides manipulatives, ideas and lesson plans that promote student engagement in the maths, science and technology subjects.  Sue McGrath’s Chemistry Show will demonstrate wacky experiments like super foams, colour changes and disgusting lime and Black John The Bogus Pirate, is a cartoon workshop aimed at teaching children of all ages about marine environment while having fun.

Is there anything particularly unique or special that we should definitely not miss? 

Mr Bug with Matt Lewis allows children get up close to friendly tropical animals and even stroke a lizard and a snake!

Tell us in 5 words why we should go? 

Fun, exciting, informative, entertaining, free!


For further information on shows visit www.galwayscience.ie
and to plan your day at the Exhibition book on www.galwayscience.eventbritre.com

Are you planning to go to or did you go to the Galway Science and Technology Festival? Tell us in the comments below.

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