BANGOR will celebrate a decade of exploration and discovery next month with the return of the Northern Ireland Science Festival.

The festival, which takes place between February 15 and February 25, will host a programme of archaeologists, environmentalists, psychologists, neuroscientists to celebrate all things science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).

Over 300 events are planned across Northern Ireland covering everything from the natural world, our planet, and the vast expanse of space to technology, engineering, the mind and body, food and much more. 

In Bangor, the festival roadshow rolls into SPACE at South Eastern Regional College on Castle Park Road on Thursday, February 15 with The Science of Jurassic World and The Super Nature Show with Chantelle and Rory.

In The Science of Jurassic World, science communicator Jon Chase will explore the science behind the movie franchise that helped change the way we see dinosaurs. 

CBeebies’ Teeny Tiny Creatures animal experts Chantelle and Rory will take audiences on a super mission that shines a light on some of the cracking creatures that can be found right in the UK and Ireland. They’ll help children understand the vital planet-saving role that our tiniest animals play in the wonderful web of life.

At The Court House, best-selling author Dr Stuart Farrimond will explore The Science of Living on February 22, unearthing the facts behind the fads and providing takeaway advice on every area of our lives.

In Cultra, the festival, in partnership with National Museums NI, presents Full STEAM Ahead on February 17, a takeover of the Ulster Transport Museum.

A packed day of interactive activities, workshops, immersive experiences, the event promises fun for all the family, including shows with Scientific Sue and Strongwomen Science, arts and crafts, storytelling, science and circus performers and much more.

Commenting on the launch of this year’s festival, its director, Sarah Jones, said: “We are very excited to be celebrating our tenth anniversary with a fantastic programme of events for the young and old. This year’s festival not only showcases the marvels of science but also explores its connections with arts and culture and beyond.

“As ever, our festival extends right across Northern Ireland and for the first time even crosses borders. For ten years we have spread the joy of science, sparked fascination with technology, engineering and maths and facilitated thought-provoking discussions regarding the arts – we look forward to building upon this not only this year but for many more to come.”

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