Cork Carnival of Science launches 2023 with a Whizz, Pop, Bang!

TV Presenter and Celebrity Scientist, Mark the Science Guy, from RTE's hit show 'Let's Find Out', physicists Dr. Stephen Davitt and Phil Smyth from RTÉ’s Home School Hub headline this year’s festival.

Fitzgerald’s Park will again be transformed into a 7 acre science super park from 11am to 6pm for the weekend with over 45 free science-based activities.  Curious kids and fun-loving families can explore, investigate, experiment, and discover the wonders of science.

This FREE weekend science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) festival, which attracted more than 25,000 people in 2022, features a packed line-up of live science shows in circus style tents, walk-about scientific entertainers, hands on workshops, and interactive STEM experiences that will blow kids’ minds!

Supported by Cork City Council and Science Foundation Ireland and organised by Cork City Council’s Lifetime Lab @ Old Cork Waterworks Experience, this year’s theme will delve into climate and the natural world from a scientific point of view.

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Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Deirdre Forde commented “Cork City Council is delighted that the Carnival of Science will once again be a prominent fixture on Cork City’s programme of Summer festivals and events.  The event promises to be a great family day out that combines education, fun and entertainment in the beautiful setting of Fitzgerald Park”.

Dr Ruth Freeman, Director of Science for Society in Science Foundation Ireland, added: “SFI is delighted to support the Cork Carnival of Science festival which promises unique opportunities to get up close and personal with all types of science from physics to chemistry, biology and more. If you know a curious young person who loves animals, nature, outer-space, dinosaurs or magic, there will be something of interest to bring science to life. The event will also highlight the important role of women in science and hopefully inspire more girls to consider a career in research.

Accessibility is a key focus to ensure enjoyment for all and in consultation with the Deaf Community in Cork, provision has been made to ensure that sign language interpretation is available at live show performances and for specific requests.

Make sure to get your hands on the festival brochure on arrival, which includes a colourful map of Fitzgerald’s Park with all the festival attractions laid out alongside the key what, where and when details of shows, workshops, and demonstrations to check out throughout the weekend.

Cork Carnival of Science is supported by Cork City Council and Science Foundation Ireland and organised by Cork City Council’s Lifetime Lab @ Old Cork Waterworks Experience.

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