NEWBRIDGE Town Hall recently hosted a community science and technology exhibition, showcasing all the weird and wonderful things that science has to offer. The event featured many interesting exhibits that engaged and fascinated everyone in attendance, while local schools, businesses such as Pfizer and Bord na Mona and organisations such as An Garda Síochána came along to get involved, too.
A demonstration by fire officer Paul Keyes showed how heat cameras are used to detect bodies in burning buildings. He also managed to make the crowd laugh by revealing that the cameras could also detect if someone had passed wind!
Students from the Patrician Primary School talked about coral reefs in the ocean, while Ruth Minnock explained her project on static electricity. Pupils from St Conleth’s Community College also set hairs raising with their experiment involving static electricity and tinfoil cake holders, as well as showing how a liquid can turn to a solid.
Another highlight came in the form of the Army Bomb Disposal Unit showing how bombs are safely disarmed and disposed of with high-tech machinery.
Dr Cliona Doyle was on hand to demonstrate how to check blood pressure and how to inspect the retinas of the eye, whilst Pfizer representatives explained how medications were made and how quality checks are carried out on medicines.
Scoil Bhríde Cu Chulainn showcased a project which featured their rocket launch statistics, while Aideen Stein impressed her audience with her pet allergy detection app. Oral B showed how toothbrushes were made, while Bord na Mona informed onlookers about windfarms.
The boys in blue from An Garda Síochána also impressed visitors by demonstrating how they carried out drug and alcohol breath-testing.
There truly was something for everyone at the exhibition. Many visitors described it as “engaging”, “educational”, “inspirational to young minds” and in some cases the demonstrations were described as “mind boggling!”
Every year, science and technology are growing and improving our everyday lives, and the old stigma of science being ‘boring’ is fast disappearing. In its place, there is no doubt that modern science and technology has recently gained a newfound reputation of being incredibly useful and fascinating. And this exhibition was proof of that.