The Science Circus show was organised by Breda Brennan and the staff in the School of Science in cooperation with Discover Science & Engineering (DSE), Ireland’s national science promotion programme.
The entertaining Science Circus Show was presented by Dr Ken Farquhar from the Inspirational Science Theatre Company and explored the science behind the thrills and spills of the circus.
Using juggling, plate spinning, peacock feathers and all sorts of fantastic circus tricks to demonstrate the laws of physics.
Dr Ken brings young people on a voyage of discovery, investigating how performers make use of many scientific principles in their tricks and stunts.
Dr Ken and his talented assistant ‘Girl-il-eo’ demonstrated the laws of gravity, which was so named when Isaac Newton accidentally spilled gravy into his tea apparently.
Visiting school children displayed impressive skills as they explored the forces of air resistance and balanced peacock feathers in the palm of their hands.
We enjoyed having them so much that we hope they will come back to study here in years to come.
The aim of Science Week is to promote the relevance of science, technology, engineering and maths in our everyday lives and to demonstrate their importance to the future development of Irish society and to the economy.
Science Week is a collaboration of events run by colleges, schools, libraries, teachers, researchers and students throughout Ireland.
Discover Science & Engineering is the national integrated awareness programme managed by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).
Its aims to increase the numbers of students studying the physical sciences, to promote a positive attitude to careers in science and to foster a greater understanding of science.