Discovery Exhibition 2008

Over 8,000 people enjoyed Discovery 2008 - Cork’s interactive science exhibition, part of Science Week Ireland. See a short movie clip about the event

 Tyndall Stand at Discovery 2008 Exhibition

‘Discovery 2008, Cork ’s Interactive Science Exhibition’, runs in City Hall once more this year from November 16th to 20th. Young and old will enjoy experimenting with slime, creating electronic circuits and even playing hands-free basketball at the Family Day on Sunday from 3pm, school groups will visit for the following three days. The highlight for 2008 will be the unveiling of Cork ’s own portable planetarium, recently acquired by Blackrock Castle Observatory. Visitors to Discovery will be first to experience this high-tech illustrated journey to the stars.

Ted Owens, CEO of Cork City VEC chairs the Cork City Learning Forum who are the organisers of this event. Speaking about ‘Discovery’ Mr. Owens said:

The City of Cork Learning Forum is delighted to present ”Discovery 2008”. The exhibition aims to stimulate interest in young people in science, engineering and technology in a participative and fun way.

If Ireland is to remain competitive in these challenging economic times it needs to produce young people with an interest in and qualifications in the sciences - foreign companies often cite an educated workforce as one of the principle reasons for choosing Ireland as a location for industry. Yet concern has been expressed in recent times at the relatively low number of pupils studying science at second level. Hopefully this exhibition will provide the motivation for some young people to pursue a career in the sciences, but even if it only encourages young people to be inquisitive, to seek a better understand of how things work, then it will have contributed to the City Development Board’s aim of ‘Making Cork a City of Learning’.

“Discovery” is an excellent example of co-operation between community, educational, statutory and the private sectors. As Cork is an important centre of the pharmaceutical, chemical and electronic industries, the Cork City Learning Forum particularly encourages and applauds the support of science and technology firms located in the region. This support is of mutual benefit to both young people and to the science industries.  Come enjoy the Show!


Discover Science & Engineering

Content: Discovery 2008 includes:

Special Feature:

Live Broadcast: Joining us by satellite for the launch of Discovery 2008 on Sunday November 16th will be students from Terence MacSwiney Community College, Cork currently on the ultimate field trip - exploring the Antarctic with explorer Pat Falvey.


Be Able/Beyond Endurance Education Project

Winner of Green IT Project of the Year, the Be Able project links science, technology and active citizenship through an inspirational voyage to Antarctica with polar explorer and mountaineer Pat Falvey. Exploring Antarctic Science features all the gear needed for such a trip. Alongside, melting ice illustrates global warming, and calculate your own carbon footprint. View footage of the team currently on tour to the frozen continent.

Cork Electronics Industry Association

Snap together the parts and make your own electric Circuit. Using the ‘Snap Circuits’ system, make lights Whirlygigs and a variety of electronic do-dads.

Steve Thomas - Roboteer

If he’s not come to your school yet, witness what Steve can teach in his workshops for Robo Cup Junior. Dress’em, race ‘em, send them on a treasure hunt.


Witness what you can learn in Science, Technology and Engineering at Cork Institute of Technology.


Fás has long been known for the quality and variety of its training courses. Joining us for the first time at Discovery, see what the options are here for your future.

Fota Wildlife Park

Not just a nice day out, Fota’s education programme provides school tours and holiday camp experiences learning about the world of animals in the park.


Garda Logo

Always a hit at Discovery, let your local Garda explain how science is used to recreate crimes and explain accidents. 

Defence Forces

The Army's engineers are back! Discovery 2008 welcomes our Signals and Ordinance personell.

The Defence Forces

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement links business and education by bringing businesspeople to schools. The programmes provided are full of activities like making periscopes or planning a town. See what they’ll have for you to make at Discovery.

Lifetime Lab

The old Waterworks building on the

Joining the Lab this year is the Green Schools Project run by An Taisce.

Millstreet County Park

Recently upgraded with the addition of lots of technological ways to ensure the survival of the countryside environment, Millstreet Country Park returns to Discovery to entice you to visit them.


Techniquest Logo

Perennial favourites from Wales . Have you worked out how to open the Treasure Chest yet? Magnetic Stuff!



Microchips are found in every home and office, in devices from cookers to computers and mobile phones, but what are they and how are they made? See how light powers the internet and allows us to send information. Have a go at making slime. Discover how science is shaping our world at the Tyndall National Institute interactive stand. 

Also showing in the main hall are the entries to the inaugural Tyndall National Institute science photography competition.


Experience the excitement of science in the world around us at the College of Science , Engineering and Food Science (SEFS) UCC exhibits. Engage in a game of mindball with your friends where the only way to win is to rely on the power of your brainwaves! Discover the vast wonders of the sun and planets as you take a virtual tour of the solar system. Delve into the colourful world of microorganisms, learn what it takes to become a forensic scientist and then for dessert taste our world-famous liquid nitrogen ice-cream!



Whizzkids Summer Camps run in Cork at UCC. See what fun they get up to! Also take part in a spy challenge - can you find and transmit the co-ordinates before Evilcorp intercepts your plans?


Sim 2 Learn

At last, a safe way to learn to drive! Experience this new service which can come to your school and make sure you get home safely.

Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre

At Discovery the APC MicrobeMagic programme will have an interactive stand where students will learn all about the digestive system and be able to carry out experiments as well as play the computer game Gut Reaction.  To get a taste, check out and

Take the quiz on your tour of Discovery - Prizes are sponsored by Maplin electronic retailer, Blackpool Shopping Centre.


Discovery is not just a day out! As part of our 10 day programme, workshops, school talks and visits to local centres of science are made available to school groups. This year, up to 4,000 students will also learn from

Cork City Council - The science of our Built Environment

Armagh Planetarium - Travel through Time and Space with Hubble in association with the Triskel Arts Centre

Armagh Planetarium

Blackrock Observatory - Unveils their Portable Planetarium

BCO logo

Cork Electronics Association - Snap Circuits workshops

FÁS - Tours of the new Bio-Pharma Training Facility

Madlabs - Electronics workshops


STEPS to Engineering - Xtreme Engineering Challenge in association with Cork City Libraries

Steps logo

Steve Thomas Roboteer - Workshops to schools and Masterclass in the Library

Think differently - Science, Magic or Mystery? In association with the Triskel Arts Centre

Think Differently

Discovery 2008 follows Design Week (November 3-8) Have a look at their website:

As you tour the show take the quiz! Prizes sponsored by Maplin.


‘Discovery 2008’ reserves the right to amend exhibition content, depending on available resources.

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