For those of you who aren’t familiar with Science Week, it is ran on behalf of Science Foundation Ireland and it involves various colleges, schools, libraries, teachers, researchers and students throughout the country. So, how did Science Week originate and what exactly is in involved?
Brief History of Science Week:
The first Science Week was held in Ireland in 1996 and was organised by an organisation called Forfás on behalf of the Office of Science and Technology at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. It was essentially aimed at raising the general awareness of the key benefits of science and technology to people nationwide. SFI took over Science Week from Forfás in 2012. Since then, it has continued to grow and expand into what it represents today - which is basically a week long celebration of the science industry and the demonstration of this in daily life. Nowadays the Science Weeks have themes such as 2017’s theme of ‘’Believe in Science’’.
In St. John's we are lucky to have a dedicated Art and Science room. Each year Abbott Sligo and Declan Holmes are regular guests during Science Week. Below is just a sample of some of the many activities that take place during that week.
Science Week with Declan Holmes
Abbott Sligo & Declan Holmes - Science Week