Science and Tech Fest at Tallaght Library

South Dublin Libraries are running a Science and Tech Festival in County Library Tallaght and other libraries across South Dublin County during November. The events are starting on Wednesday November 4th and run until Friday November 20th as part of the national celebration of Science Week 2015.

Science Week celebrates 20 years on the go this year. Events are mainly for primary school groups and highlights include:

• Scientific Sue and her amazing interactive show (County Library Tallaght, Monday November 9th)

• StoryGate Puppetry: Europe and its Inventors (County Library Tallaght Thursday November 5th)

• Learnit Lego workshops (Lucan Library and other venues, various dates)

• Junior Einsteins Science Club and Professor Messalot’s hands-on science workshops (Mobile Library Service and Whitechurch Library, various dates)

• NanoWOW and the science of the very small (Lucan Library, Thursday November 12th)

• Elementary Engineerings – looking at kinetic energy by building rollercoasters and other activities (Ballyroan Library and Clondalkin Library, various dates)

• Science experiments with the Re-Discovery Centre (Lucan Library and Castletymon Library, various dates)

Meanwhile Tech Fest is happening for the first time at County Library Tallaght from November 16th- 21st. South Dublin Libraries have teamed up with Tech Space to create this programme for children and teens encompassing STEAM subjects – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths.

Techspace is a creative space where young people are inspired to create, produce and have fun with digital technology and maker activities. Young people work on exciting creative projects and get one-to-one assistance, guidance and support from Techspace educators and volunteer mentors.

The mission is to inspire and empower young people to use their native interest in technology to master 21st century learning skills and become digital creators.

Highlights of Tech Fest 2015:

• Circuit Boards: Experimenting with batteries, bulbs, switches and other electrical components

• Paper & Sewn Circuits: Making simple or complex electrical circuits on a piece of paper or creating wearable technology.

• Makey Makey workshops: The Makey Makey is a highly intuitive invention kit that encourages people to find creative ways to interact with their computers, buy using everyday objects such as a banana or Play-Doh as a replacement for keyboards and mice.

• Scribble Machines: Scribbling machines are motorised contraptions that move in unusual ways and leave a mark to trace their paths.

• For the older age groups 14yrs+ there will be soldering workshops to create their own mono amplifier kit and boom box.

• For adults: Pinhole Photography Workshop with the Gallery of Photography Ireland. A practical hands-on course where participants learn how to build their own pinhole camera, calibrate their exposures & develop & print their own photographs in a pop-up dark-room as well as an introduction to digital processes including scanning, image manipulation with photo-shop & inkjet print output.

The tech club will start on Monday nights from November 16th with more events planned for 2016. To register your interest phone 01 462 0073, email [email protected] or call in person.