Featured Events

Family Fun Day

The Kilkenny Science festival is proud to announce a huge range of fun and interactive events run throughout Sunday 8th November.

From a live Zoom Zoo with The National Reptile Zoo, a Family Scavenger Hunt with Steve Sherman, workshops with world renowned science communicators Scientific Sue, Dr Ken Farquhar and so much more!

Bubbly Science with Caroline Ainslie as Bubblz 10.00am – 10.45am

Zoom Zoo with The National Reptile Zoo: 11.30am- 1.00pm ; 1.30pm-3.00pm

It’s all done with Mirrors with Dr Ken Farquhar 2.00pm-2.45pm

The Science of Dragons with Scientific Sue 4.00pm – 4.45pm

The Science Behind Ireland’s Longest Zipline with Castlecomer Discovery Park


Girls in STEM

Tuesday 10th  11.00 am // Dr Niamh Shaw // TY & Senior Cycle Girls //

Dr Niamh Shaw will host an engaging and informative panel discussion with female scientists and engineers from STEM industries from the region, for TY and senior cycle girls

Booking Info: http://stemkilkenny.ie/?tribe_events=careers-talk-for-ty-and-senior-cycle-girls

STEAM Scavenger Hunt

Starts Saturday 7th 10.00am – Finishes 5.00pm Sunday

Zoom Session 6.30pm Sunday   // Steve Sherman// Families

STEAM Scavenger Hunt

This is a chance for family members to work together to take on other families in a hysterical Science themed scavenger hunt.  Family members will be required to work as a team, submit photo and video evidence of how they completed their tasks and they stand a chance to hold the title of Champions of Champions.  Join your whacky host, Steve Sherman from South Africa, as he sets up a series of fun, crazy and challenging tasks for your family to complete.  The more you tasks you complete and the more creative you are in the way you complete them, the more points you will earn. This activity is appropriate for all ages!

This year is the first year of the Kilkenny Science festival which will run during SFI’s National Science Week 8-16 November 2020.  People in Kilkenny will be able to participate in a wide range of events for all ages: school children, families, and the public. The public’s awareness of the importance of science has never been higher as we seek to understand Covid, learn to minimise impacts and search for a vaccine.

In response to Covid, this year all events will be online and the festival will kick off with a family funday on Sunday November 8th taking science directly to your home with a series of creative, fun and experimental science workshops and shows with your very own science pack to make up your home lab.

Throughout the week there will be a wide range of activities covering a wide range of areas in science. On offer will be a family fun scavenger hunts and bubble shows for the very young, fun-filled science shows for school groups and discussions on current topical issues in science for adults.  There is something for everyone!

The festival is delivered by a partnership of  Calmast, WIT’s STEM engagement Centre, Kilkenny Council, industry and other groups from Kilkenny to deliver a fun filled and engaging  week of science!