Louth Science Festival 2021

Supported by Science Foundation Ireland, Louth Library Service presents Louth Science Festival, a fortnight of STEAM-based fun for all the family.

Free of charge, the festival offers exciting, inspiring and interactive events, both online and offline, for all ages and interests. Schools will enjoy workshops with facilitators including the Irish Air Corps and the Rediscovery Centre, while adults can enjoy a talk on Nutritious Meals for Families on a Budget among other events.

Local community and education groups have been included in the planning of this year's festival, while special care and attention was given to providing a programme of events for local Nursing Homes. The hope is to inspire future generations, and include members of the community that we don't often factor in when planning STEM events.


All events can be booked via Timify by clicking here.

The Science of Harry Potter with Jon Chase: Online Q&A via Zoom on Saturday November 13th at 11am. Did you ever wonder if science has any explanation for the fantastic feats found in the Potter series? Join Jon Chase, co-author of The Science of Harry Potter, as he explores some of the muggle made versions of wizarding wonders. Upon booking, attendees will receive a link to a video about the Science of Harry Potter, to be watched ahead of the Q&A.

A Celebration of Science - A Junior Einstein Science Party: Online workshops on Saturday November 13th at 11am and 12pm. The children will learn all about electricity, conductors & insulators, make flying saucers & lightsabers. Participants will make foamy elephant's toothpaste and explore the wonders of slime.

Secrets of Superhero Science with Barry Fitzgerald: Online workshop via Zoom on Saturday November 13th at 3pm. Focusing on superheroes and science, this talk delves into the real science and engineering around the world that could replicate superpowers. We'll also take a look at the science behind some of the key concepts presented in famous films and TV shows.

Zoo Zoom with the National Reptile Zoo: Online workshop via Zoom on Thursday November 18th at 4pm. This is a fun educational experience for everyone involved as you get to meet some amazing animals up close and learn all about them.

Nutritious Meals for Families on a Budget with Ciall Health: Online webinar via Zoom on Thursday November 18th at 7pm. This webinar is for parents of families who want to learn how to eat nutritiously on a budget. A resource pack (slides, meal and recipe ideas) will be available to the attendees after the event. Topics to include:

  • Basics of eating, barriers to purchasing health-supportive foods
  • Understand how to alter your food plate without adding cost
  • Strategise how to plan, prep and get ahead
  • Discussion on eating challenges from child to adult

Go Fly Your Kite: Online workshop on Saturday November 20th at 3pm. Join George for a great workshop which combines science, art and creativity as you learn to design, build and perhaps even fly your own kite. Packs will be provided for collection from Dundalk Branch only.

Process of Coping with your Child's Diagnosis - when your child has a neurodiverse diagnosis: This pre-recorded video workshop is presented by Counsellor and Psychotherapist Fiona Hall MIACP who is also Mum to a child with double diagnosis. This workshop looks at the emotional difficulties and challenges parents face when coming to terms with the diagnosis. This video is available to watch via https://youtu.be/IXDKRPeXotE

Minecrafting our Future with iCrag (Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences): Join experts from SFI research centres iCRAG and AMBER to learn how you can build a battery using the popular game of Minecraft! Worksheet available HERE Video workshop available HERE