Sunday 25 September 2016

Schools are making space for Science Week

Published 09/11/2015 | 02:30

Robin Barry shows an edible crab to Ciaran and Luca McCaully at IT Sligo Science Fair yesterday
Robin Barry shows an edible crab to Ciaran and Luca McCaully at IT Sligo Science Fair yesterday

Launching rockets, building cars from scrap and the science behind circus acts will all be on the curriculum for Irish schoolchildren this week.

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Science Foundation Ireland's 20th annual National Science Week will cover everything from robots and dragons to bees and astronauts. Over 800 events will take place nationwide as part of Science Week.

In Galway, students will get up close and personal with a spaceman. ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli will visit GMIT on Wednesday, where over 500 secondary school will get the opportunity to ask all questions extra-terrestrial, including what happens when you need to go to the toilet in space.

In Cork, students will learn how medicine was carried out in the Medieval period. In Limerick, schools will teach students about the life of a bee, while in Galway, they will discover the science behind stunts used by circus performers.

Irish Independent

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