Welcome to Kerry Science Festival
2016 marks the inaugural year of Kerry Science Festival, a week-long festival of science events taking place across Kerry this November. A programme of free public engagement events, community talks, exhibitions, shows and school workshops are available to enjoy.
Kerry Science Festival offers the opportunity to engage science at multiple levels, with many free and fun workshops and shows aimed at primary, post primary school students and adults. The festival will also include a series of industry and community group led events demonstrating STEM across Kerry.
Kerry Science Festival is an Institute of Technology Tralee initiative and is developed by a team representing education and industry across Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) from the Kerry region area, funded by Science Foundation Ireland.
The Festival takes place during National Science Week from 13th to 20th November 2016. The Festival is one of eleven similar events being run across the country. Over the course of the week, our Local Festival Events will be hosted by a number of enterprises and organisation in various centres across the county. Then on Saturday 19th November, the Festival Week will culminate in the STEM in Kerry Showcase hosted by the Institute of Technology Tralee School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Companies operating in the STEM sector are also encouraged to consider hosting their own events as part of the festival, showcasing where STEM can be found in what they do. If you are interested in hosting such a local Kerry Science Festival event, please contact Dr Noel Mulligan, Head of Department Biological & Pharmaceutical Sciences at IT Tralee by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local Festival Events
Featured on the Kerry Science Festival calendar is a variety of industry and community group-led events, demonstrating STEM across Kerry. Kerry Education and Training Board schools across the county have been twinned with local companies and will jointly host events. The list of partnerships includes Coláiste na Sceilge in Cahersiveen and Met Eireann, Killarney Community College and Liebherr Cranes, Killorglin Community College and FeXco and Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí Trá Lí and Raidió na Gaeltachta to name but a few.
STEM in Kerry Showcase hosted by the Institute of Technology Tralee
This exciting STEM showcase day on Saturday 19th November will include a Careers in STEM exhibition and panel discussion facilitated by broadcaster and lecturer Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin. Company representatives will also talk about the varied STEM careers available to graduates in Kerry and beyond.
Families with children of all ages are also in or a treat on the day, with many free workshops and shows like Mathsworld, Lego WeDo, Cell Explorers, Designer Minds and Spec in a Suitcase featured on the jam-packed agenda. These interactive workshops will engage and intrigue both children and adults alike and will bring to life the world of STEM.
Find out more about STEM in Kerry Showcase event.
STEM is all around us in Kerry.