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Discovery Exhibition 2010

Family Days - City Hall, Cork: Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th November 2010

Activities For Schools: November 8-19 2010

Discovery, Cork’s Science Festival , runs in Corks City Hall from November 13th to 16th this year, with workshops to schools happening from the 8th to the 12th of the month.

Discovery educates through enjoyment. Experimenting with slime, creating an electronic circuit or zapping the microbes in your gut – that’s chemistry, physics and biology you’re learning, as well as IT!

Discovery aims to interest 10-15 year olds in science, engineering, technology and maths through fun activities, puzzles and games, encouraging the  uptake of science, technology engineering and maths through secondary school, into college and onwards, to meet the future recruitment needs of local high skill employers and thus supporting our local economy. Regular exhibitors include UCC, CIT, the Tyndall National Institute, Lifetime Lab and FÁS, along with Cork City Council, Cork Electronics Industry Association, the Garda Siochána and the Defence Forces, plus local technology-based businesses.

‘This event aims to encourage young people to be inquisitive and to seek a better understand of how things work - hopefully it will also provide the motivation for more young people to pursue a career in these important fields,’ says Ted Owens (CEO of Cork City VEC and chair of the Cork City Learning Forum, organisers of ‘Discovery’).

School groups will visit Discovery for the two days after the opening weekend, and have the opportunity to have a workshop visit their school – visits prebooked by teachers.

Select to download and view the  Discovery_2010_Brochure

To see what it’s all about, a movie clip of Discovery 2008 can be found on YouTube:


To announce 2010 as the International Year of Chemistry, Discovery, with the support of BASF, the Chemical Company, brings Graeme Jones and his MEGAMOLECULES to Ireland for the first time.

These beautiful installations are scaled-up models of the molecular structure of common substances. Like salt and vinegar on your chips? This is Chemistry on a big scale!

Graeme will also be at Discovery to help you ‘MakeItMolecular’

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Join us on Sunday for a special Science Magic Show with Declan Kennedy

Red Fm will be broadcasting from Discovery on Sunday afternoon


Lifetime Lab

Lifetime Lab will demonstrate hands on activities including coin batteries, kitchen chemistry and numerous Primary science experiments, this year Lifetime Lab will also demonstrate the latest in interactive technology used as part of Lifetime Lab primary science workshops and school tours” 

Lifetime Lab are joined this year by Sustainable Energy Ireland, and will be running SEAI's Energy Challenge workshops on Monday & Tuesday

PharmaChemical Ireland

the leading representative body for the pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturers in Ireland join Discovery. Employees from Schering Plough, Janssen Pharmaceutical, GSK, Eli Lilly, Ge Healthcare, Pfizer and PharmaChemical Ireland will demonstrate some exciting chemistry experiments

Cork Institute of Technology

See the power of microscopy - find out the efficiency of your house lights - get recognised by a computer - and learn how to distinguish an acid from a base.

Junior Achievement

One of Ireland’s leading children’s charities and part of a huge worldwide organisat ion. Partnerships with over 150 companies and organisations help prepare young people for the world of work. Some of their most popular programmes involve science and maths skills.

Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre

Enter the Senses Laboratory and explore how your body interacts with the world. Experiments and video games – a must for all the family.

The national winners of the centre's 'Science Raps' competition for the best rap explaining an area of Science will be featured on their stand.

UCC College of Science, Engineering and Food Science (SEFS)

Come and experience the excitement of Science at the UCC College of Science, Engineering and Food Science (SEFS) interactive stand. Challenge your friends to a game of mysterious Mindball - the only way to win is to relax and let your brainwaves do the work! Take a journey around the Solar System with our Magic Planet and much, much more!


Perennial puzzles from one of the worlds top science exhibition designers.

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Tyndall National Institute

Celebrate Creativity and Innovation at the Tyndall National Institute interactive stand! See demonstrations on how sensors can improve our lives, how light powers the internet allowing us to share information with the world, and explore the properties of materials by making slime. Also on display are entries to Tyndall National Institute’s annual photography competition for schools, Science Snaps.

Winners of Tyndall National Institute's Science Snaps competition will be on display in the Concert Hall.


Blackrock Castle Observatory

The StarDome brings the excitement of space and astronomy to Discovery. Step in and explore our Solar  system and our galaxy, the Milky Way.

Blackrock Castle Observatory is the Irish contact for ESO, the European Southern Observatory which is the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organisation in Europe and the world’s most productive astronomical observatory.   

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Cork Electronics Industry Association

Our companies showcase their exciting technology products designed and developed by engineers here in Cork. 

Cork Chamber School Awards

This popular school Science poster competition will display winning entries in the main hall

WORKSHOPS: not just a day out

As part of our 2 week program, workshops & shows visit schools around Cork and are available in City Hall

Armagh Planetarium

Make a rocket to launch in the school yard, or explore the wonders of the universe and of the human body in marvellous 3D

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Steve Thomas - Roboteer

If he hasn’t been to your school yet, see what Steve can teach in his workshops for Robo Cup Junior. Dress’em, race ‘em, send them on a treasure hunt.

Cork Electronics Industry Association

Engineer your own lights, flying objects and sirens at the Brainbox electronics workshops (ages 8-12)

Discovery 2010 Sponsors