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Discovery 2008, Cork's Interactive Science Exhibition, at City Hall, 16th - 20th November

How cool is that? - Science Exhibition launches from the Frozen Continent


Discovery 2008, Cork's Interactive Science Exhibition’, runs in City Hall, Cork from 16th to 20th November. It will be launched on the16th by live satellite link to students from Terence MacSwiney Communuity College, Knocknaheeney, currently exploring the Antarctic with explorer Pat Falvey. The launch,  followed by a Family Day, where young and old can investigate and experiment with science, engineering and technology in a fun environment. At the exhibition, interactive stands from Cork’s major education institutions and research centres exhibit their work in a way that appeals to young people.

Computer games which explore the digestive system, explanations of how fibre-optics power the internet and how physics is used by the Gardaí are exemples of how science is ‘shaping our world’ (the theme of Science Week Ireland 2008). Also featured at the show are science education centres such as Blackrock Castle Observatory, Lifetime Lab, Fota Wildlife Park and industry groups like the Cork Electronics Industry Association and STEPS to Engineering, the education arm of the Institute of Engineers in Ireland.

 The aim of Discovery is to encourage the uptake of sciences at second level and beyond, by showing the target group that science, engineering and technology are interesting, and part of their daily lives. Although the Higher Education Authority has recently found that the Cork region has the highest uptake of sciences in third level, educators and industry alike have been concerned for some time that we will not have sufficient graduates in the future to meet our high skills needs. The Cork City Learning Forum (a working group of the Cork City Development Board) identified this issue in 2003, and developed Discovery to support the future of our local economy, which is dependant on the large number of high tech. companies in the region. This is the 4th year of the event.

 Since Monday 10th November, workshops and site visits have also been taking place across the city and county, including 3D presentations on space exploration in the Triskel Arts Centre, engineering challenges in the City Libraries and robot building in schools. Up to 7,500 children will have enjoyed and learned from Discovery 2008 by the end of the event on November 19th. Full information can be found at

Discovery is sponsored by the Discover Science and Engineering programme of Forfás, Cork City Council and Development Board, UCC, CIT, FAS, Pfizer, Cork Electronics Industry Association, Cork City Enterprise Board, Pharmachem Ireland, IBEC, the Evening Echo, FMC and Schering Plough.




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