Science Week offer some exciting events for Donegal children this year.
Donegal Library Service presents an exciting programme of online events for the annual festival which takes place from 8th – 15th November in venues across Ireland.
Science Week 2020’s theme is ‘Choosing our Future’ and focuses on how science can improve our lives in the future, and in the present.
This will explore how science can help us to make positive choices that will impact the environment, our health and our quality of life.
With the theme in mind, the library service has chosen a programme which is accessible to all national school children.
On Thursday, 12th November at 10am, Lord, Professor and TV personality Robert Winston will discuss his latest book, Inventors: Incredible Stories of the World’s Most Ingenious Inventions, which looks at the towering achievements of more than 50 inventors in great detail.
The stories are as unusual as they are unique. These groundbreaking inventions include the very earliest discoveries to modern-day breakthroughs in science, food, transportation, technology, toys, and more.
Dr Norah Patten, Irish aeronautical engineer and an award-winning STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) advocate from Ballina, Co Mayo, is part of this year’s festival.
On Friday, 13th November at 12noon, Norah will be reading from her book ‘Shooting for the Stars, explaining lots of fun facts about space and what it really takes to become an astronaut.
Norah will also answer space questions and talk about some of the training she has done to get to space like spacesuit testing and microgravity flights. Winners of this year’s Lego Competition will receive a copy of her book.
Now in its 25th year, the aim is to encourage school children to engage with science in a fun and interactive way and promote awareness and understanding of the importance and relevance of STEM to everyday life.
This year, more than ever, children understand how important science is to their world, and during our all-virtual Science Week festival, they can learn about the latest inventions, draw insight from unexpected places, and turn what they learn into effective action, all from the comfort of their own homes and classrooms.
In light of current restrictions, national schools in Donegal will receive an electronic copy of the brochure, while you can also find out what’s on for Science Week in Donegal by visit www.donegallibrary.ie, and by following Donegal Library Service on Facebook and Twitter.
The Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny is proudly funded by Donegal County Council and Arts Council Ireland.