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Bread-baking in space and DIY holograms: 5 Science Week events for kids of all ages

Science Week kicks off next Monday November 11, and here’s what’s on for mini Einsteins.

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Science Week kicks off next Sunday November 11 until Sunday November 18, with labs, theatres, colleges and more opening their doors for aspiring young chemists, biologists, physicists and engineers.

Here’s what’s on next week for anyone with a curious mind. Please note, some of these are school group events and cannot be book individually:

DUBLIN 

Minecraft-inspired science: The Gaiety School of Acting will lead kids in a hands-on workshop where they’ll construct homes and shelters that’ll allow them to survive on a new planet, using scientific objects from the Chester Beatty collection as a starting point. The workshop is called Mindcraft, and as the same suggests, it takes its lead from the popular game Minecraft.

Suits: Children aged 11 and 12. When: Sunday November 11, 11.30am – 1.30pm. Where: The Gaiety School of Acting, Temple Bar. Costs: Free. Find out more about Science Week events here. 

DIY Holograms: Fifth and sixth class students will be given the tools and skills to make their very own moving 3D image in the form of a DIY hologram. First, they’ll measure out a template, cut it, fold it and test it using a smartphone. There will be 2 – 3 student workshops per day all week, except Tuesday.

Suits: Children from fifth and sixth class. When: Mon, Wed – Fri. Where: Marsh’s Library, St Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8. Costs: Free, but parents and teachers should contact the library to book a place. Find out more about Science Week events here 

Baking In Space: Can you bake bread in space? (Not yet, but soon, as it turns out). Join former GBBO contestant Andrew Smyth and scientist Dr Niamh Shaw as they explore the science behind baking, and the surprising connections between everyday bakes and the engineering that keeps astronauts alive in space. There will be live demos, tasting and audience interaction, so prepare for a curious and colourful evening.

Suits: 7 and over. When: Tuesday, November 13, 7:30pm – 9pm. Where: Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar. Costs: €5 adult/€3 child. Find out more here.

CORK 

StarDome: CIT’s Blackrock Castle Observatory is bringing their StarDome on tour for Science Week and Cork Science Festival, visiting school halls around Ireland – so this is one to flag with your kids’ teachers. This portable planetarium brings the wonder of the night sky with it, and each show lasts 30 minutes.

Suits: Children aged 5-12. When: All week long. Where: Various primary schools throughout the county. Find out more here.

GALWAY

Science of the Sea at Atlantaquaria: Ireland’s largest native species aquarium is running a special Science Week programme helping schoolkids to explore the science of the sea, with a guided tour and a science classroom workshop. Yes, science, tech, engineering and maths apply under the sea, too!

Suits: 5 and up. When: All week long. Where: Atlantaquaria, Salthill, Galway. Costs: Entry fee applies. Find out more here.

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