Wednesday 24 October 2018

Science week at the library

Fintan Lambe

Gorey Library is getting set to celebrate Science Week all next week. A series of talks and workshops has been organised on a wide range of topics which should be of interest to both young and old.

First up is Brendan Wallace who will discuss how discoveries in science, such as fire optic and satellite communications, impact on our daily lives. His talk, on Monday, November 13 from 11 a.m. to 12 midday, is open to schools and members of the public.

Later on Monday, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Seal Rescue Ireland will give a marine conservation workshop to teach children the importance of marine conservation, focusing particularly on the work at the seal sanctuary in Courtown. Booking necessary.

On Tuesday, November 14, from 1.45 p.m. to 2.45 p.m., Brendan Cooney, senior executive scientist with Wexford County Council, will give a talk on decoding sound - looking at how sound is generated and measured. The talk is open to schools but members of the public can also book. Later on Tuesday, at 7 p.m., there's talk on the science behind brewing alcohol, titled 'Brewing up a Storm' given by Dr Stephen Whelan. Booking essential.

On Thursday, November 16, at 3.30 p.m. children can enjoy an interactive workshop storyboard event, and design app titled 'Planet Zebunar'. The workshop is suitable for children aged 5 to 8 years. Booking essential.

Also on Thursday at 7 p.m., Dr Norah Patten will give a talk titled 'From Mayo to Space: Learn how to become a Scientist-Astronaut.' Norah recently took part in a five-day scientist-astronaut training programme in Florida. She will share her experiences and her plans for the future to become Ireland's first women in space. Booking essential.

Two 'Fantastic Physics' family science workshops with the Anyone for Science team take place on Saturday, November 18, at 11 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. Booking essential. Learn how to make teabags fly, sit on a bed of nails, or use science to escape from jail.

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