02 October 2016
By Bryan Smyth
For Ireland’s first national Space Week CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory is hosting a geektastic open evening of events for all ages to celebrate the Space Week theme Our Planet, Our Place, Our Time.
Space Week is Ireland’s newest national STEM (Science, Technology, Engineers and Maths) week running in parallel with World Space Week in association with Science Foundation Ireland and European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO) Ireland.
Taking place in 2016 from October 3 – 8, Space Week is a week to focus on the wonders and realities of the Universe around us. Events will be taking place throughout Ireland to enable all people to explore how, as 21st century citizens under one sky, we can use the power of critical thinking, science, technology, engineering and maths to shape our understanding of life on Earth and our place in Space.
People will enjoy space themed events like stargazing, astronomy talks, MoonCycles and space related workshops and activities, predominantly all free, to celebrate this year’s festival theme of ‘Our Planet, Our Space, Our Time’. Schools are also getting involved by joining in on the TARA Moon project in what should be the largest event of its type in the world!
Dr. Ruth Freeman, Director of Strategy and Communications, Science Foundation Ireland commented that “Ireland’s first national Space Week is a great opportunity to get out and learn about science through the inspiring gateway of space. Science Foundation Ireland are delighted to support Space Week and showcase the tremendous impact Irish research focused on understanding space and space exploration has on the world and our economy.”
See www.SpaceWeek.ie for more