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Tuesday 19 June 2018

Munster Maths and Science Fair set to return to Mallow

Conor Noonan, Mallow, using a PRR Radio courtesy of Sgman Patrick Murdock of the Defence Forces at last year’s Munster Maths & Science Family Fair at Mallow GAA Complex
Conor Noonan, Mallow, using a PRR Radio courtesy of Sgman Patrick Murdock of the Defence Forces at last year’s Munster Maths & Science Family Fair at Mallow GAA Complex

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 eighth year, The Munster Maths and Science Family Fair will tale place in the Mallow GAA Complex at Carrigoon on Sunday, October 14. 

Organised by the education pillar of the Mallow Development Partnership (MDP), the event is part funded through Cork County Council's Economic Development Fund and the Irish American Partnership. 

An MDP spokesperson said the aim of the Fair was to demonstrate how STEM subjects could be enjoyable and, just as importantly, showcase the subjects through educational demonstrations by third level colleges and schools and exhibits from industry and research institutes. 

"It 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 with the professionals their careers working as an engineer, scientist, researcher and what subjects are needed to study for these careers." 

This year's fair will also see the return of the fair's primary schools initiative programme, which is rolled out by Mary Immaculate College to senior cycle students attending national schools across the Mallow and wider north Cork area. 

"Under the initiative, the children are taught STEM skills though dedicated projects and use the fair as a platform to showcase their newly acquired skills," said the spokesperson. 

"This has proven so successful that each year school projects showcased at the Fair are entered into the BT Young Scientists exhibition at the RDS in Dublin." 

For more information about the fair and updates, look up the dedicated Facebook page or visit www.mallow.ie.

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