'Bigger and better' Eureka Science and Technology Festival taking place all week at IT Carlow

Themes for the festival this year are Space, Climate Change and Women in Engineering

Darren Hassett


Darren Hassett



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The Eureka Science and Technology Festival 2018 is taking place from Monday the 12th to Saturday the 17th of November 2018 in the Institute of Technology Carlow.

The aim of the festival is to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in a fun, interactive and inclusive manner for various demographics.

The Eureka Science Festival is taking place as part of Science Week 2018 and is kindly supported by Science Foundation Ireland. The themes for the festival this year are Space, Climate Change and Women in Engineering.

STEM will be promoted through 23 incredible events, including learning workshops, exhibitions, demonstrations, interactive seminars, debates and even a STEM bake-off.

Primary, secondary and third-level students as well as teachers, academics and members of the public can spark their inquisitiveness, inspire imagination and unleash their potential that can help build upon their future.

This year’s festival is "bigger and better than ever", the IT has said. The Inventive Minds Exhibition will be taking place in Institute of Technology Carlow every day from 11:00am.

Each day visitors will have the opportunity to relax with a cup of tea or get involved in activities such as matching European ‘inventive minds’ with their various contributions to science and engineering.

In an effort to promote hands-on discovery of molecular and cellular biology, Cell Explorers will see the first year bioscience students at Institute of Technology Carlow introduce members of the public to different bacteria, protists and parasites.

Precious Planet will explore fascinating and elegant aspects of life and nature on our precious planet. 

In The Shape of Things to Come, Prof Paul Weaber will give a lecture on how bicycles, aeroplanes, helicopters, rockets, wind turbine blades can morph and change structure.

Separately, motor enthusiasts and mechanical engineers will enjoy a seminar by Dr David Daton on the electric traction motor designs used in various commercial BEVs and HEVs such as the Nissan LEAF, Tesla Model S, Toyota Prius, BPM i3 and Honda Accord.

In Celebrating Women in Engineering, TY, 5th and 6th Year students are invited to a discussion with women who are leaders in engineering in Ireland. 

Meanwhile, primary school pupils will love K’NEX in Space: Physics & Engineering at which teams of future engineers and scientists will compete with one another to solve challenges using imagination and K'NEX components.

Members of the public can sign up for an Escape Room event with the theme “European Scientists" where they are divided into teams and need to figure out clues and resolve puzzles to unveil the secrets of a hidden door in the room.

The Eureka Science and Technology Festival 2018 is the result of a strategic collaboration between the Institute of Technology Carlow, Carlow County Library and Museum, VISUAL, Kilkenny Castle and Carlow College.

Through innovative outreach to young and old in STEM subjects and topics, it is hoped that Eureka Science and Technology Festival 2018 will become a flagship STEM calendar event for the wider region.

For further information visit www.eurekafestival.ie