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Teagasc at Munster Maths and Science Family Fair

Event Time 11:30am - 4:30pm
Venue Mallow GAA Complex, Carrigoon, Mallow, Co Cork

Teagasc will be participating in the 9th Annual Munster Maths and Science Family Fair. Richard Walsh and John Casey, Teagasc foresters, will be displaying a new  3-D farm forestry model illustrating the various roles that trees and forestry can contribute to an Irish farm. The model emphasises the importance of whole farm planning, highlighting how a well-planned forest resource may contribute from an economic, environmental and social perspective. The contribution of trees ranges from commercial Sitka spruce growing on more marginal land, native woodland and agroforestry plots, to the ‘Woodland for Water’ measure providing valuable wooded habitats along rivers.

Kieran Murphy from LAWCO will be there to discuss how the Agricultural Sustainability Support and Advisory Programme (ASSAP) works with farmers to help improve water quality, with a “kick sample” to demonstrate how water quality can affect life in our shared water bodies.

Keelin O’Driscoll and Anne Marie McAuliffe will also attend to chat about the dairy, pig and food research that is carried out at Teagasc Moorepark. They will be able to demonstrate some of the tools we use in research, and discuss how Teagasc research is improving food quality, farming systems, and animal welfare.

VistaMilk SFI Research Centre will be on site to answer all your questions with regards to #digitalisingdairy. Centre staff and researchers will describe their work using a scaled down model of the farm of the future built entirely of Lego. Come say hello! 

About the Munster Maths and Science Family Fair

With approximately 5,000 attendees of all ages in 2018, this huge STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) fair is now well established as a beacon event for STEM and an extension of the Mallow Maths & Science Schools Initiative to learn about STEM and to create awareness of how it envelops our everyday living, work and recreational activities.

Schools from the Mallow, Buttevant and Doneraile areas will once again be showcasing their own imaginative and creative projects alongside the professionals, some of which include the ever-popular Physics Busking group, Blackrock Castle Observatory, Blizzard Entertainment, the Maths Week crew, CIT, and UCC, together with local icons such as Teagasc, Dairygold, Kostal, EPS Group, and Hobart/AV Pound to name but a few.

This free- entry  fair is geared towards all ages and attendees will enjoy a wide range of fun and interactive exhibits and demonstrations. It also provides a valuable opportunity to discuss with the professionals their careers working as an engineer, scientist, researcher, etc., as well as their paths to achieve their professions.

With over 50 exhibits, the wide range of interactive displays include robotics, 3D visuals and simulations, gaming platforms, communications technology, microscopic exploration and even a ‘planetarium experience to visit the stars’, amongst many more fun and educational demonstrations at the Mallow GAA Sports Complex.

For more information see: https://www.facebook.com/munstermathsandscience/