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Posted on November 16, 2017

Wonderful World of Science on show at MIC Limerick

To celebrate Ireland’s National Science Week, Mary Immaculate College (MIC) will be one of the venues for the Limerick Festival of Science, offering a variety of free interactive shows, talks, workshops and events both on its Limerick campus and in the county from 12-19 November.

MIC is collaborating with the University of Limerick and Limerick Institute of Technology to present a range of activities and experiences for the public, school pupils and teachers demonstrating the exciting role of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) in everyday life.

Also in conjunction with Science Week, an initiative of Science Foundation Ireland, MIC, St Patrick’s Campus, Thurles will also host numerous events for the newly established Tipperary Festival of Science.


Speaking ahead of Science Week at MIC, Dr Anne O’Dwyer, lecturer in Science Education at MIC, said that the programme aims to bring “everyone together from children and adults, to scientists, engineers and technologists and is designed to spark curiosity, inspire imagination and unleash the potential that can help shape the future”.

“Science education is crucial in fostering wonderment in children and in helping them to develop scientific reasoning,” she added.

Events with children in mind include the Ugly Animal Show; Hands-On, Minds On Science Workshops and Return of the Brainteaser Bandits at MIC Limerick and the Fun Science Roadshow will visit St Anne’s Primary School in Rathkeale, Co. Limerick.

There will be a public symposium, A Healthy Bite of Science—organised by the MIC Health Promotion Office—on Tuesday 14 November where speakers will provide practical advice about self-management and the science behind healthy nutrition and well-being. Speakers include dietician, Dr Anne Griffin; Sports & Physical Therapist, Paul Murray; Limerick hurler and MIC BA student, Cian Lynch and Limerick Ladies footballer and MIC B Ed student, Caroline Hickey.

Teachers can benefit from two innovative workshops on Using Technology to support Primary Physical Education and the Teacher of Things STEM Workshop, which will showcase the SensorTag device that can record values for humidity, temperature and movement.

Full programme of events available to view here.


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