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Saturday 25 March 2017

Festival of Science ready for lift off

Bill Browne

THE Mallow Science and Maths Fair, the largest community event of its kind in the country, is set to make a welcome return to the GAA complex in Carrigoon on Sunday, October 13.

However, unlike in previous years when it was a stand alone event, the fair will be just one element of a new Mallow Festival of Science, which is set to run at venues in the town from October 7-13.

Full details of the Festival, an initiative driven by the Mallow Development Partnership, will be unveiled at its official launch next Monday by junior Research and Innovation Minister Sean Sherlock TD.

The Corkman has been given a sneak preview of some of the events taking place during the week, each of which is aimed at broadening the understanding of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in everyday life.

These will include a Science in Sport presentation at the Mallow GAA complex and a Health Expo at the Mallow Primary Health Care Centre.

Keynote speakers will include Dr Cian O'Neill, Head of Sport, Leisure and Children's Studies at CIT, Professor Fergus Shanahan the chair of UCC's Medicine Department and Mallow businessman Pat Buckley.

The Festival will culminate with the free Science and Maths Fair, which will run noon to 3.30pm.

The Fair will also hold a 'School's Corner' allowing students from school's in the Mallow region to display STEM related projects undertaken in their schools.

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