Staff interacting with students at the Let's Talk Science Festival

Let’s Talk Science Festival finds the science behind magic

Posted on 9th November 2021

The annual Let’s Talk Science Festival is taking place on the 11th, 12th and 13th of November. This highly interactive festival, hosted by the Rediscovery Centre, explores the fun world of science and climate action. With lots of great events, it is a unique opportunity for all the family to have fun and explore science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM).


This year’s Let’s Talk Science festival presents a fun selection of online workshops for schools on Friday the 12th of November and an interactive in-person event for families on Saturday the 13th of November. This year the Rediscovery Centre has joined forces with a selection of organisations including Met Eireann and Bat Conservation Ireland to create an exciting range of online interactive STEM workshops.


The Let’s Talk Science Festival kicks off on Thursday the 11th of November with a unique online Women in STEM event which aims to inspire the next generation of Irish women in STEM. This event is open to the public (15+ years) and provides insight into STEM careers through first-hand experiences of women scientists and researchers. Speakers include Fionnghuala O’Reilly former Miss Universe Ireland, Engineer, Science Communicator and STEM Advocate.


On Friday the 12th of November the Let’s Talk Science Festival will host a morning of online content for schools.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in wide-ranging workshops from a Geological Murder Mystery to a Meteorology discussion with Joanna Donnelly and informative discussions on bats with Bat Conservation Ireland and marine life with Clean Coasts Ireland. These workshops will be broadcast into classrooms all over Ireland and they are free to attend.


On Saturday the 13th of November, there will be a free in-person family-friendly event at the Rediscovery Centre. Encompassing workshops relating to Jawsome Sharks, Worms and wormeries and even the science behind magic, this event is a sure way to have fun while exploring the world of STEM.


Sarah Clear, Head of Education at the Rediscovery Centre, said “The Let’s Talk Science Festival is Ballymun’s science festival and it is in its sixth year. It is always a big event in the STEM calendar and this year we have created a fantastic suite of both school and family friendly events. Schools from all over Ireland will be able to access our Women in STEM event on the 11th of November and a morning of STEM inspired content on the 12th of November. On the 13th of November, we are delighted to be welcoming families back to the Rediscovery Centre for a range of hands-on experiments and fun STEM games. The events can be booked online on the Rediscovery Centre website and we are looking forward to seeing lots of familiar and new faces at the festival.”


The Let’s Talk Science Festival takes place during Science Week and it is supported by Science Foundation Ireland. The Let’s Talk Science Festival events can be booked on the Rediscovery Centre website