Science week will be in full swing in Laois next week, with a number of events taking place around the county.
Starting from Tuesday November 13, Marty Jopson from the One Show on BBC will be visiting a school in Laois.
Pupils from Holy Family will be treated to Marty setting fires on his hands, and introduced to the Pendulum of Doom.
The item will also feature a special performance from Mr.Spiky.
Marty will use math to explain how a piece of fluffy string can travel at 900 miles per hour, the science behind the noise of explosions and the math behind a karate chop.
The same day, Ireland’s best known weather forecaster will explore the science of weather.
At 8pm in Midland’s Park Hotel, Gerald Fleming, now retired from Met Éireann, will see students from Scoil Mhuire Fatima, Timahoe, present findings from their school weather station.
On Friday 16 November another event, ‘Science fun with the Rediscovery Centre’ will take place in Mountmellick library.
This is suitable for primary school children from third to sixth class.
It will be a hands-on 90 minute workshop with the from the Rediscovery center, where they will learn about a whole range of science and environmental topics.
Later that afternoon, Eleanor Hooker will give a poetry reading in Portlaoise Library at 3pm, along with a discussion with Mountmellick journalist Claire O’Brien on poetry and how it describes the natural world.