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Southeast Science Festival to stream events to schools and homes this November

WIT Bubbly ScienceWith a line up ranging from Bubbly Science to Chemistry in the Movies, the upcoming Southeast Science Festival has something for all ages and stages of life.

Taking place online from 8-15 November as part of National Science Week, 2020’s Southeast Science Festival will host a huge array of exciting events for adults and families as well as primary and secondary school pupils.

Supported by Science Foundation Ireland, local Pharma companies MSD, Abbott, WEST, Sanofi and Bausch and Lomb, Waterford and Tipperary councils, the festival brings world renowned scientists and science presenters to the south east region of Ireland.

This popular festival will be going ahead despite Covid restrictions and this year all events will be online. Details can be found at http://www.calmast.ie

Events will take place throughout the week, with unique shows and workshops for primary and secondary schools. A key feature of the festival will be the TY Science quiz, where schools from across the south east can compete against each other to win our first ever TY science quiz – sure to be a lot of fun. Science in Elite Sports Performance will allow schoolgoers to discover the science behind elite sport with and how it has helped athletes such as Carrick-on-Suir’s own Sam Bennet improve their performance.

A family Science Fun Day will take place on Saturday, 14 November and will bring science directly to homes with a series of creative, fun and experimental science workshops. –

Learn about exotic animals with Dave’s Jungle, the science of bubbles, how to make slime, and a lot more.

According to Dr Sheila Donegan, coordinator of the festival “Now, with this Covid pandemic, we have seen that science is now more important than ever. With that in mind, we have designed a festival with events for everyone to get involved in, there is something for everyone!”

The Southeast Science Festival will host a special event in partnership with local companies joining together to encourage and inspire girls to become involved STEM, it will highlight the many career opportunities available in the STEM area, taking place on Tuesday, 10 November, facilitated by award winning science communicator Niamh Shaw.

Prof Willie Donnelly, President of Waterford Institute of Technology said “We are delighted to be bringing this exciting festival to the Southeast. Our STEM Engagement Centre, Calmast have developed an exciting programme, and Calmast continues to prove that science is fun and can be enjoyed by the whole family.  So leave the Covid-19 lockdown behind by engaging in one or many of the fantastic events and workshops."

The festival will featured a Family STEM Scavenger Hunt (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) running Saturday 14 November and Sunday 15 November. This is a chance for all of the family to work together to take on other families in a hysterical Science-themed scavenger hunt.

The full programme of events, and booking details can be found at http://www.calmast.ie

The festival is coordinated by Calmast , the STEM Engagement Centre at Waterford Institute of Technology. The centre is funded by Science Foundation Ireland, as the STEM hub for the South East region, and is working with local industry in Waterford and Clonmel/Carrick-on-Suir area to roll out STEM engagement activities throughout the year through a STEM Hub and Cluster model.


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