Discovery Exhibition 2006


Discovery 2005, the first exhibition of its kind in Cork, was a resounding success, with over 4,500 young people filling City Hall over three days. This year, Micheál Martin, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment launched the event by viewing an experiment in City Hall. He also applauded the collaboration of the differing organisations involved in the event.


Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment Micheál Martin T.D. photographed with the Lord Mayor Cllr. Michael Ahern and local school children at the launch of Discovery 2006 Science Exhibition

Highlights of Discovery 2006 will include:

  • Displays from UCC, CIT and the Tyndall National Institute, showing their research projects and education options.
  • Organisations and companies active in the Cork area demonstrating the importance of Science, Engineering & Technology in the workplace.
  • Interactive exhibits in City Hall, so the public, young and old, can try making gadgets and gizmos, or watch what happens when they push a button, turn a handle, pull a lever …. 25 exciting and popular hands-on exhibits from Techniquest, Cardiff. Last year’s highlights from this group included the Hydrogen Rocket, Crazy Crane, Design a Tree, all encouraging exploration and informal learning – see
  • Additional workshops for school groups

Opening Hours

Discovery 2006 – Science at Work is open to pre-booked school groups only on Tuesday 14 November, Wednesday 15 November, and Thursday 16 November from 9.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. – to book please e-mail:

Discovery 2006 is open to the public on Tuesday 14 November from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
on Wednesday 15 November from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. & 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
on Thursday November 16 from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Admission: €2 per student, max. €5 per family group.

‘The ‘Discovery’ series of exhibitions are organised by the Economic Working Group of the Cork City Learning Forum’.


This event is supported by the Discover Science and Engineering Programme of Forfás, UCC, CIT, Cork City Council, FÁS, Cork Electronics Industry Association, Janssen and FMC.


During Science Week Ireland there are many other events taking place nationally and locally – take a look at

School Zone

As well as the main Discovery 2006 exhibition in the City Hall, other events/workshops are also offered to school groups. They will include:



MADLAB is a very popular hands-on electronic workshop, which gives young people the opportunity to learn about electronics. Participants solder components on to specially designed circuit boards and so learn how to build an electronic gadget – for example, a lie detector.

Since 1993 MADLAB has been delighting the public, young and old, at festivals and events in Australia, Canada, India, Scotland, England and Ireland. It was a huge success when it visited Discovery 2005.

During Discovery 2006 – Science at Work MADLAB will give workshops to pre-booked school groups, one class at a time.

For more information see

Steps to Engineering

Target age group
Second level students 1st – 3rd year.

9.30 a.m. 11.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m.


Imperial Hotel


“Explosive Engineering, Futuristic Gaming Technology and Interactive science”
Ever wondered what science and engineering have in common? Interested in explosive engineering and dynamic science? Have you ever heard of nanotechnology and methods of shrinking people? If so make sure to visit the STEPS to engineering “Engineer your Career”, event in Discovery 2006.

This event will introduce the world of engineering and career options available to students who are considering engineering and technology as a career. A recent engineering graduate will explain why you should follow their steps and play your part in making a difference and creating the future. Our mad scientist Splooz will help to illustrate how engineering is the application of science and will entertain with a series of explosive experiments.

“Engineer your career” will also introduce the new world of nanotechnology graphically through a new computer game. The engineering and science behind the gaming technology used in this game will also be explored and investigated.

can doCandointeractive, a hugely successful provider of 3D content, will introduce you to this dynamic world.

Not only will this event excite and motivate students about studying engineering and science it will also provide information on all the disciplines of engineering and the various routes that students can study to become engineers of the future.

sample student level 


Cosmic Connections

Blackrock Observatory visits City Libraries

Blackrock Observatory, part of the Department of Physics and Instrumentation at Cork Institute of Technology is due to open early next year. School groups visiting Discovery 2006 can get a preview of the education and outreach programmes planned.

When fully operational, groups of students will be able to communicate with astronomers and physicists working in the Observatory directly from their classroom, requesting the new robotic telescope focus on a celestial object or area of their choice. This will give students unprecedented access - for class projects, competitions, or as part of an astronomy club within their school.

During Discovery 2006, staff from the Observatory will introduce pre-booked school groups to Astronomy through the Web, explain the function and focus of Cork’s new Observatory, and encourage interest in the project.

Lifetime Lab Logo

Water, Energy and Waste - Workshops at Lifetime Lab

Lifetime Lab Schools’ Resource Centre is running a series of environmentally themed science workshops for primary school classes attending Discovery 2006.

Students will be able to carry out a number of hands-on activities and explore the permanent interactive exhibits relating to Water, Energy and Waste.

Located at the old Cork City Waterworks, Lee Road, Lifetime Lab is a 15 minute drive from City Hall. It has a coffee dock, picnic area and children’s playground. Parking is available opposite.