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Welcome to Kerry Science Festival

2019 marks the 4th year of the Kerry Science Festival, a week-long festival taking place across Kerry this November.

This year’s Kerry Science Festival themed “A Prospective on Climate Change” will inform how science can inspire and enable people to act positively to mitigate climate change and will include a programme of free public engagement events, community talks, exhibitions, shows and school workshops.

In total, 13 regional festivals and 13 individual events are supported by Science Foundation Ireland for Science week 2019 aimed at improving public understanding of science and technology.

The goal of the 2019 Kerry Science Festival is to demonstrate how science can be used to effect climate control and its importance for the future wellbeing of the world. The Festival will include a number of events that showcase climate science and the bio-economy and will be targeted as much for adults as it will be for school goers in order to address what could be regarded as cultural issue surrounding climate control.

An IT Tralee initiative, the Kerry Science Festival involves the widest possible participation by Enterprises/Organisations/Associations/Communities, with partners representing education and industry across Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) from the Kerry region area involved in developing the agenda for the Festival.

Highlights for the Kerry Science Week 2019 will include:

    • ACE eLearning: Reducing our Carbon Footprint– Agricultural Centre of Excellence / VR-Immersive Learning
    • Climate Smart Careers Exhibition– Kerry SciTech Exhibition/ Career day.
    • STEM in Explaining Climate Change and Flooding– Met Eireann Station with Collaiste na Sceillige in Cahirciveen / Demonstration of STEM Equipment.
    • Keeping them Alive – STEM in the Aquarium – Dingle Oceanworld / Tour
    • STEM in the Car– Kostal / Illustrated Talk and Demonstration
    • STEM on the Modern Farm– Dairymaster & North and South Kerry Farmers / Tour
    • Virtual reality Climate Change Experience – IMaR Research Centre / VR tour
  • STEM Climate Showcase Event – IT Tralee / Family entertainment

Companies operating in the STEM sector are encouraged to organise their own events which showcase how STEM works. If you are interested in hosting such an event please contact Dr Noel Mulligan, Head of Department at IT Tralee by emailing noel.mulligan@staff.ittralee.ie.

Festival Week

The Festival takes place during National Science Week from 1oth to 17th November this year. The Festival is one of about ten similar events being run across the country. In addition to the two flagship elements of the festival programme, a programme of Local Festival Events will be hosted by a number of schools, enterprises and organisation in various centres across the county.

Local Festival Events

The importance of STEM across all aspects of our lives is reflected in our programme of Local Festival Events. Enterprises operating in the STEM sector are encouraged to consider hosting their own Local Festival Events as part of the festival, showcasing where STEM can be found in what they do every day. If your business is one such enterprise and is interested in hosting such a Local Kerry Science Festival event.

The public may be surprised to learn of how STEM is being used all around them.

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Our exciting STEM Showcase will probably be the highlight of the week-long festival where we expect over 2000 visitors to visit the Institute’s North Campus. Families with children of all ages are in for a treat on Saturday, with many free workshops and shows like Junior Einsteins Science Shows, Planet Science Kids Experiments, Sustainable Workshops, Virtual Reality Climate Change Experiecces and many others featured on the jam-packed programme. These interactive workshops will engage and intrigue both children and adults alike and will bring to life the world of STEM.

STEM is alive and well in Kerry. Indeed, Arts is being added to the mix this year to create a STEAM festival showing how our Imagination and Creativity are powerful drivers of Innovation for our futures with our art workshop about sustainability.