Science Festival delivering free online events for schools

Schools and educators here are being encouraged to register for the 2021 NI Science Festival, which has programmed an extensive range of free online events for primary and post-primary schools.

Thursday, 11th February 2021, 9:45 am

The Festival returns for a fortnight of wonder and intrigue from Monday to Sunday, February 15-28 with a huge public programme of over 100 online events covering everything from the natural world, our planet, and the vast expanse of space to engineering, robotics, physics, the mind and body, food and much more.

Alongside its public offering, the festival has developed a dedicated programme for schools and educators which will run online from today, Monday, February 8 – Friday, February12 and hopes to make distance learning more engaging and exciting for students.

Available to schools and educators for free, the programme boasts over 40 events.

Jon Chase who will be presenting a Rapper's Guide to the Solar System at the NI Science Festival online

Among this year’s highlights is a Rapper’s Guide to the Solar System with festival favourite Jon Chase and the award-winning materials scientist and engineer Anna Ploszajski as she talks to pupils about the nail-biting story and surprising science behind swimming the English Channel.

Headlining this year’s schools and educators programme is astronaut Tim Peake, who will be in conversation with RTÉ’s Mark Langtry (aka Mark the Science Guy!).

To date, over 1,000 students from schools throughout Northern Ireland have registered for the event.

For any queries regarding this year’s schools and educators programme, contact Education Manager Rachel McDermott at [email protected]

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