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Tuesday 17 September 2019

Countdown on to Munster Maths and Science Fair

Andrew O’ Donovan, Dromina, taking part in a Physics experiment with Stephen Davitt from the Institute of Physics at the Mallow Maths & Science Fair last year. Photo by Sheila Fitzgerald
Andrew O’ Donovan, Dromina, taking part in a Physics experiment with Stephen Davitt from the Institute of Physics at the Mallow Maths & Science Fair last year. Photo by Sheila Fitzgerald

Bill Browne

For generations of schoolchildren the mere mention of the words maths and science were enough to send shivers of dread down the spine.

Certainly one word that most people would not have associated with the subject was fun.  However, in recent years Ireland's largest event showcasing the potential of the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths), has drawn thousands of students to Mallow to discover the fun and practical aspects of studying the subjects and how they can shape future careers.

Now in its ninth year, The Munster Maths and Science Family Fair will make a welcome return to the Mallow GAA Complex at Carrigoon on Sunday, October 13.  Organised by the education pillar of the Mallow Development Partnership (MDP), the event is part funded through Cork County Council's Economic Development Fund, the Irish American Partnership and Mallow Credit Union. Once again flaming fireballs, exciting experiments and mind-bending physics will take centre stage at the event, which has been attracting ever increasing numbers of visitors with each passing year.  Robotics, coding, 3-D imagining, scientific experiments, physics demonstrations and innovative research projects will be just a flavour of what can be experienced on the day. 

The chair of the events organising committee, Tom Cronin of the MDP, said that more than 50 exhibitors have already confirmed they will be at this year Fair.  "We fully expect that this years Fair will be the biggest and most exciting yet. I am also pleased to be able to confirm that, as in previous years, admission to the Fair will be free to the public," said Mr Cronin. 

Event co-ordinator Freddie Frankling said that while the main body of exhibitors will be housed indoors, there will also be some outdoor exhibits this year including drone and emergency response vehicle demonstrations.  "There will be plenty going on throughout the day, including the return of favourites such as Blackrock Castle's portable planetarium which is always a big hit and the popular Physics Busking team. There will also be some exciting new entries such as the TrackMan Gold Analyser, which may come in handy for those looking to improve their game," said Mr Frankling.  "The Fair will demonstrate how the STEM subjects impact on everyday life and how studying them can open up exciting career paths for students," said the spokesperson. It will also provide a valuable opportunity to discuss potential careers with professionals," he added.

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