The Discovery Science Festival is the key event of Science Week Ireland in Cork, with a schedule spanning a fortnight of shows, workshops to schools and family activities. The centrepiece of the event is the City Hall exhibition, which is an interactive showcase of the best Cork has to offer in STEM education, research and business. Key exhibitors including CIT, UCC, Pharmachemical Ireland, Cork Electronic Industry Association, Lifetime Lab and the Tyndall Institute have been planning another great show this year.
Some of the very top pharmaceutical and IT companies in the world have bases in Cork, so showing the breadth of education and career options to students as they come through school shows them what options exist without even leaving their home city. Plus, it helps ensure a futureskills pool for those businesses, which are part the local economy.
This year visitors to the City Hall Exhibition have a treat in store. For the past few months, IT giant EMC has been working with the Access office in CIT to train local students and their teachers in the robotics platform used by VEX robotics. This will culminate in the first Irish final of the international competition, in which over 50,000 young people compete worldwide.
Festival Organiser, Marcela Whelan met one of the robots in Cork this week. ‘The build quality of the robots is very high, she said. They are sturdy, fast… and quite sweet, too. They look a little like WallE.’
One team from the USA, and two from the UK are coming to challenge the Irish newcomers. ‘It would be very, very nice if the Irish did well first time in the event,’ said Ms. Whelan. ‘And with EMC training them, there is every reason to think they might’.
The Discovery festival is organised by the Economic Working group of Cork City Learning Forum, a working group of Cork City Development Board.
The full schedule for the Discovery Science Festival can be found at www.corkcity.ie/discovery
Family Days: Saturday, November 10, 12-6pm and Sunday Nov 11, 2-6pm.
Admission €3.50pp/€10 (family of 4)
Marcela Whelan, Festival Co-ordinator, Discovery Science Festival, City Hall, Cork.
021 492 4044