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Minister Martin announces Cork Learning Forum ‘Discovery 2006’ Science Exhibition

Minister Micheál Martin, T.D., Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment today announced that Cork City Learning Forum will again host ‘Discovery 2006 – Science at Work’ as part of National Science Week. This major science exhibition will run over a three-day period, 14th -16th November 2006, and will welcome students, teachers and parents to Cork’s City Hall to investigate science, engineering and technology in an exciting, interactive environment.

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Back Row: Liam Hogan, Chair of the Economic Working Group of Cork City Learning Forum and Anne Cronin, Science Promotion Officer, UCC

Front Row: Cian Cooper, Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr. Michael Ahern, John Galvin, Paddy Hegarty and Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment Micheál Martin T.D.

The Minister stated that ‘The co-operation of the many diverse organisations supporting this exhibition is a recognition of the fact that attracting students to the Science Engineering and Technology disciplines from primary through to fourth level will be critically important to delivering the long term aims of the Government's Strategy for Science Technology and Innovation. It also gives the exhibition the impetus and influence to reach out to our primary target audience, young people, students and their parents.’ He also said, ‘a new report by Forfás, Comparative Starting Salaries and Career Progression in Science, Engineering and Technology, indicates that starting salaries for science engineering and technology graduates are amongst the highest of all Irish graduates. The report also shows that there are opportunities for both graduates and those currently examining Science, Engineering & Technology as a career option not only in these disciplines but across a wide range of areas. ‘

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Lord Mayor Cllr. Michael Ahern watches on as Anne Cronin, Science Promotion Officer, UCC, conducts an experiment

First run last March, ‘Discovery 2005’ was a hugely successful event, with 4,500 young people filling City Hall over 3 days, exploring exhibits from local, national and UK based research and education groups. Activities and workshops included making robots, experimenting with slime, learning about aerodynamics, genetics and more. The exhibition also showcased Cork entries to the BT Young Scientist exhibition. This year locally based science, engineering and technology (SET) companies are being invited to participate, linking the fascinating work being done in the Cork region to science subjects studied at school.

Cork City Learning Forum aims to increase the culture of Learning in the city by promoting learning in all its forms. The ‘Discovery’ exhibitions have been organised by the Economic Working Group of the forum, which includes representatives from CIT, UCC, FÁS, IBEC, Cork Electronics Industry Association, Irish Primary Principals Network, Irish Institute of Training and Development and Cork City Council.

Schools will be contacted in September regarding their participation in this event.

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Lord Mayor Cllr. Michael Ahern and local school children look on amazed by the experiment

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