Children 10-12, Children 6-10, Educational, Library services

Libraries To Host Online Science Events in November For All Ages

We are delighted to bring you Kildare Libraries’ Online Science Festival with a packed schedule of workshops and talks for all ages. The festival will run from the 1st November to the 27th November and will offer a range of opportunities to engage in science exploration, discovery, and debate.   

All events are free to attend and will be delivered online through Zoom. This programme is funded
by Science Foundation Ireland in celebration of Science Week which takes place from the 7th-14th November. 

Events For Children


Ice-Cream Making STEM Workshop with Anyone4Science

3:30pm on Saturday 6th November / Ages 8-12 years.

Join Anyone4Science for a fun and informative workshop on making your very own freezer.
During this workshop children will learn how to make a freezer like they did in Roman times and
then test to see if it works by making their own batch of homemade ice cream. Participants will
need to provide their own ingredients which can generally be found in the home. A list will be provided ahead of the workshop.
Booking via Eventbrite.


Bubbles Workshop with Anyone4Science
3:30pm on Saturday 13th November / Ages 6-10 years.

Join us for a fun and informative workshop all about bubbles! Using a few readily available
household items, you will learn how to make your own bubbles. What are bubbles? And how big
can you make them? You’ll also get to make your own bubble mix and your own bubble wands. Participants will need to provide their own ingredients which can generally be found in the home.
A list will be provided ahead of the workshop.
Booking via Eventbrite.

Events For Families

Secrets of Superhero Science with Dr Barry Fitzgerald
7pm on Thursday 4th November/Ages 8+ and their families.

Superheroes are capable of extraordinary superhuman feats. Supergirl can effortlessly lift cars and aeroplanes; Tony Stark flies around New York City in an Iron Man suit; and Spider-Man climbs walls. But how likely is it that we will be able to replicate these superpowers and other powers in the future? In this talk, you will explore the science behind the superpowers of some of your favourite superheroes. You will learn about genetic mutations and the X-Men, the advanced eyesight of Hawkeye, the advanced technologies in the Iron Man suit, and real-life superpower-like technologies. Are you ready to unlock the Secrets of Superhero Science?  
Booking via Eventbrite.

The Science of Star Wars with Dr Barry Fitzgerald
7pm on Tuesday 9th November/Ages 8+ and their families.

Some of the greatest science fiction stories ever told have taken place ‘in a galaxy far, far away’, which is of course home to the Star Wars saga. Star Wars is filled with exotic alien worlds and incredibly advanced technologies. But which technologies are scientifically accurate? And what is
the science behind these technologies? In The Science of Star Wars, you will be taken on a
scientific journey through some of the iconic gadgets, gizmos, and structures central to the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Rey, Han Solo, and others.  Are you ready to journey into the
Science of Star Wars? 
Booking via Eventbrite.

Trailblazing Women in STEM

A talk featuring scientists Dr Niamh Shaw, Evelyn Natayo and Dr Sophie Murray
7pm on Wednesday 17th November / Ages 8+ and their families.

Join us for a lively and inspiring talk with three women scientists currently blazing a trail in their respective fields – Dr Niamh Shaw who is an engineer, scientist, and performer; Dr Sophie Murray who works with DIAS Dunsink Observatory researching space weather and Evelyn Natayo who is a developer, a data scientist, an educationist, and a technology consultant. The talk will focus on their love of STEM, how they got started in their careers and the exciting STEM fields they work in.This talk is aimed at inspiring children and young adults in STEM.
Booking via Eventbrite.

An Introduction to the Night Sky with David Moore of Astronomy Ireland
7pm on Friday 12th November / Ages 9+ and their families.

Join us for an evening of looking at the stars. The galaxy that the sun is a part of is so large it takes light about 100,000 years to cross it. Earth is about 25,000 light-years from the centre of the Milky Way. Find out about the night sky and its many amazing sights in this talk which aims to help you make sense of what you see when you look up at the night.  
Booking via Eventbrite.

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