Welcome to Kerry Science Festival
2017 marks the 2nd year of the Kerry Science Festival, a week-long festival taking place across Kerry this November. A programme of free events including our STEM Showcase Day, Careers in STEM Roadshow, Community Talks, School Shows, Workshops and Quizzes are taking place celebrating science in Kerry. Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) are alive and well in Kerry.
The Kerry Science Festival offers all interested in learning about STEM the opportunity to engage with science in different ways during festival week, with many free and fun workshops and shows aimed at primary and post primary school students as well as some at adults. The festival will also include a series of industry and community group led events demonstrating how STEM is used across Kerry.
The Kerry Science Festival is an Institute of Technology Tralee initiative and was developed by a team representing education and industry interests across STEM from the Kerry region area, funded by Science Foundation Ireland with the support of local enterprises and agencies.
The Festival takes place during National Science Week from 12th to 19th 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.
On Friday 17th, the Institute will host its Careers in STEM Roadshow where employers from across the region will be look to recruit graduates for careers in their STEM businesses.
Then on Saturday 18th, our Festival Week will culminate in the STEM Showcase hosted at the Institute of Technology Tralee’s North Campus by the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
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, please contact Catherine Keane, Festival Coordinator at IT Tralee by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The public may be surprised to learn of how STEM is being used all around them.
Featured on the Kerry Science Festival calendar again this year is a variety of industry and community group-led events, demonstrating STEM in action. Kerry Education and Training Board schools across the county are being twinned with local enterprises 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. Many other schools are also involved in promoting science in partnership with the Institute.
STEM Careers Roadshow & STEM Showcase – Festival Flagship
Our STEM Careers Roadshow this year is being held on Friday 17th and it will see representatives from enterprises meeting visitors to the ITT Industry Stand Hall to talk about the varied STEM careers available to graduates in Kerry and beyond. Here employers will be looking to explain to 2nd level students how they can make study choices that will enhance their future career prospects. They will also meet 3rd level students some of whom will be graduating and moving into employment and STEM Careers.
Our exciting STEM Showcase on Saturday 18th will probably be the highlight of the week-long festival as it was last year where over 2000 visitors came to 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 Mathsworld, Lego WeDo, Cell Explorers, Designer Minds 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 in the south west.
Find out more about STEM in Kerry Showcase event.
STEM is all around us in Kerry.