SSPC have lots in store for Science Week 2019

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Science Week 2019 will run from Sunday, November 10 to Sunday, November 17. Science Week brings 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. The festival aims to challenge stereotypes so young people can see the diversity of people that work in STEAM. SSPC is a Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre who support Science Week.

SSPC have a full week of fun and amazing science events organised. On Monday, November 11th, a primary school group will be entertained with our Crystal Drop Workshop at the University of Limerick and SSPC’s Medicine Maker Workshop with Foróige Youth Group, Croom, Limerick.

On Tuesday, November 12th, the Medicine Maker Workshop will be brought to the Probus Retirement group, Bobby Byrnes Pub, Limerick and Fethard National School, Co. Tipperary on Wednesday, November 13th.

That evening come join us at Old Barracks Coffee Roastery, Birdhill, Co. Tipperary an event hosted  by Kevin Moroney, MACSI/SSPC, speaking on mathematical aspect of coffee!!  Brewing the perfect cup of coffee has long been considered an art, depending on experience and skills honed by baristas and amateur enthusiasts alike over generations. However, each of the processes though which coffee is realised – such as growing the beans, harvesting, drying, roasting, grinding and brewing – are fundamentally science-driven applications.

Even the most mature processes can benefit from a scientific approach, grounded in the language of mathematics. We will be are joined by Old Barracks Coffee Roastery experts, and mathematicians and chemists from University of Limerick who will speak on the impact of grind size, flow rate and extraction rates of the various chemicals and flavours of coffee.

On Thursday, November 14th, SSPC will delight with two Science Shows at the University Concert Hall at the University of Limerick and The Medicine Maker Workshop at Learning Hub Limerick, Kileely, Limerick.

On Friday, November 15th, SSPC brings their Science Show to St Michael’s Community College, Kilmihil, Co. Clare, a Gross Germs and Bizarre Bacteria Workshop for Transition Years and will host career talks. Last but not least the Medicine Maker Workshop will visit Coláiste Mhuire, Ennis, Co. Clare.

This year SSPC events will include multiple groups from primary school, secondary school and retirement groups far and wide as part of Science Week. We have a few other surprises that will pop up during the week, so keep an eye out!!.

University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College and Limerick Institute of Technology have joined to present a range of activities and experiences to celebrate the role of science in the lives of people in the Mid-West region.

See Limerick Festival of Science events here

https://www.sfi.ie/events/festivals/limerick-science-week/

Check out national Science Week events here

https://www.sfi.ie/engagement/science-week/

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