Adam King named as Cork Science Festival Ambassador

Toy Show star Adam King has been named as the new ambassador for the Cork Science Festival.

The festival went fully virtual last year but this years event will include a blend of over 300 in person and virtual events which will run from the 6th to 14th November.

The festival aims to increase engagement and interest in science subjects from a young age with an extra focus this year on primary school students, who would have missed out on a lot of opportunities for learning and interaction due to the pandemic.

Adam King from East Cork is known for his love of Space and his ambition to be part of Capcom, the Nasa flight control operations team, when he is older.

A major focus of this year’s festival will be aimed towards an extensive school engagement programme rolled out via primary and post primary schools around the city and county this year. Schools that participate will receive science kits, books, and either live in school visits or zoom workshops to bring the science to life in the classroom.

Cork Science Festival programme co-ordinator Mervyn Horgan, said this about the launch of the festival:

“Recent times have reinforced the importance of science for all of society. It has been a tough period in particular for children who missed out on so much during Lockdown so we are looking forward to bringing the wonder of discovery, exploration and invention back through Cork Science Week. Hopefully it will be a spark that ignites curiosity and creativity in the STEAM subjects.  Through our diverse programme we invite everyone, young and old to come and experience science.” 

Speaking about being named Ambassador of the festival, Adam said:

“I am delighted to be asked to be an ambassador for Cork Science Festival.  It’s one of my favourite events and I can’t wait to learn more about Astronauts, Dinosaurs, Dragons and other cool science!“  

The youngster from Killeagh hopes his involvement in the Festival will inspire other children to become passionate about STEAM subjects and shoot for the stars.

Highlights of the Cork festival include online talks by Zookeepers at Fota Wildlife Park and Space Experts from MTU Blackrock Castle.

Information on all events and booking details can be found by clicking on corksciencefestival.ie

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