Exciting events lined up for Science Week

GET THE thinking caps on for national 'Science Week' 2013 when a host of events will take place throughout the county to encourage young people to 'explore the XTRA-Ordinary'.

Taking place from November 10 to 17, the week is a collaboration of events run by colleges, schools, libraries, teachers, researchers and students throughout Ireland, with over 17 set to happen in Kerry, and more to come.

The most south-westerly point in Europe, Valentia Island, will welcome 'Coderdojo', the Irish-led global network club. The club teaches children computer programming skills and will visit the home of the first transatlantic telephone line on November 11, when they come to the Valentia Island Resource and Childcare Centre.

Killarney library will be hosting an astronomy workshop where primary school students will explore the extraordinary science of our solar system, on the November 13.

Inflating marshmallows will be a topic at Tralee library on November 12 when The Science Roadshow comes to town to explore the science of movement. 'Move It with Terence Finnegan' is an interactive show that explores how propellers and rocket engines push us forward, how air resistance can hold us back and how to inflate marshmallows using air pressure.

Speaking at the launch of Science Week 2013, Professor Mark Ferguson, Director General of SFI and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government said, "A good knowledge of science, technology, engineering and maths is important to the future of Irish society and to our economy. Science Week is the perfect opportunity for people to engage with and learn about some of the very best of Irish science."