Science Week is a national celebration of all things science, with thousands of events taking place across the country this week. This year’s theme is ‘everyday experimenting’ and encourages the general public to carry out some simple experiments at home, school, work or anywhere for that matter.
Here at St. Columba’s we have a wide range of activities planned for the week including a series of talks from some of Ireland’s leading scientists, including UCD zoologist Emma Teeling and TCD physicist Nigel Buttimore. Some Form I and TY pupils are participating in a online science initiative called ‘I’m A Scientist Get Me Out Of Here’. The pupils actively engage with five Irish scientists via the I’m a Scientist website, participating in live chats (supervised by their teacher) and asking questions, and finally voting for their favourite scientist. It’s been really exciting so far and gets the thumbs up all from teachers and pupils alike. In addition, the science teachers are posting daily challenges, amazing science facts and holding a great astronomy competition. There are some great Science Week goodies on offer too, including Mr. Jones’s new book of science facts ‘A Neutron Walks Into A Bar’ (which would make a great stocking filler by the way, with all proceeds going to cystic fibrosis research).
On Saturday afternoon thirty St. Columba’s pupils will also get a chance to meet Paolo Nespoli, a European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut who is visiting Dublin for Science Week. It will be a great opportunity for pupils interested in science and astronomy to meet a real astronaut – Paolo has been to the International Space Station on two separate missions.
It's a jam packed week, with a real science buzz around, but if you are looking for even more excitement, why not try some of these simple experiments you can do at home - I promise you will be amazed! For more information on Science Week and the activities happening around the country visit scienceweek.ie.