2015 marks 20 years of Science Week; a national, annual event that celebrates the fascinating worlds of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
To launch ‘A Festival of Space’ for Science Week at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory (CITBCO) the Cork Youthreach Mahon group have written, recorded and featured in their own video for ‘It’s All About That Space’. The song is created in collaboration with GMCBeats Workshops and features Mercedes O’Callaghan, Ryan Dorgan & Johnny Quilligan rapping about space science in their art-meets-science-meets-music piece that tells the story of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) and STEM careers.
Dr. Niall Smith, Head of Research at Cork Institute of Technology said “this ‘rap’ song made by a great group of young people from the Mahon Youtreach project in Cork is fascinating for its energy, musicality and sheer dynamism, but it’s truly remarkable for its content – careers in space science”.
Taking place this week from the 12th-14th ‘A Festival of Space’ at CITBCO will see numerous events being hosted for the public free of charge. A sample of some include the screening of award winning documentary ‘River Runner’ which uncovers the disturbing truth about the River Lee and ‘Know your Lichen’ family friendly workshop to explore the hidden world of Lichens on Thursday. On Friday, they’re running a Giant Arcade Games Night with some of the greatest retro games ever released and a talk with IMERC on Earth Observations for a Safer Planet focusing on climate change, migration and the depleting planetary resources on Earth. Weather dependent Stargazing, BuildSkills Workshop and Sex in the Stars (an adult’s only talk) will all take place on Saturday.
There is no booking required for any of the free events at CITBCO but spaces are limited so it’s first come, first served. For more information have a look at the events section on bco.ie for a full list of everything taking place.