It’s a kind of magic – €30,000 funding secured for local science festival
By COLIN BARTLEY
A FESTIVAL aimed at imbuing a love of the sciences in children and young adults has secured the funding required to host the event this year.
The South East Science Festival, which attracts kids from Kilkenny, Carlow, Wexford, Waterford and Tipperary, showcases how science and technology can contribute to a positive climate future and how it effects are every-day lives.
Minister and Kilkenny TD John Paul Phelan this week confirmed the festival has secured €30,000 in funding from the Government.
Minister Phelan (pictured below) said the festival, run in conjunction with Waterford Institute of Technology, is a major event in the region, sparking an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in participants from an early age.
“We need graduates in these areas to meet growing demand from major employers in this region. Supporting festivals such as this really fosters and grows an interest in the various subject areas in the youngest of participants and in a fun and exciting way,” he said.
This year the event will be held across three venues, the Lismore Heritage Centre, Copper Coast Geopark and The Theatre Royal & City Hall in Waterford. It will take place during National Science Week between November 10 – 18.
“The festival will add to the local conversation about the impact of science and technology on our changing world. Science week is an excellent opportunity for adults and teenagers to connect with science and this year it will also provide a chance to learn about the ways in which science and technology can contribute to a positive climate future,” Minister Phelan added.