Get hands-on with science and tech at free Inspirefest Family Fringe

13 Jun 2016

Learning a lot at last year's Inspirefest Family Fringe. Photo: Conor McCabe Photography

As Inspirefest returns to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre stage this summer, the sci-tech event’s Family Fringe will also be making a welcome return to Merrion Square.

The Inspirefest Family Fringe, taking place on the morning of 2 July, from 10am to 1pm, in Merrion Square Park East, will give hundreds of families the opportunity to get hands-on with and take part in a host of sci-tech and craft activities.

From coding and hardware workshops to interactive exhibitions and games, there will be an abundance of activities for kids of all ages (seven-years-old and up), and adults, too.

“The event is designed to demonstrate to all kids that science and technology can be creative and fun. As is the ethos throughout Inspirefest, many of the activities will have a particular appeal to young girls, but there’s something for every kid and parent here,” said Ann O’Dea, founder of Inspirefest.

The Family Fringe will bring together Ireland’s leading tech, maker and science groups – CoderDojo, Girls Hack Ireland, GameCraft, TOG, Hardie Kids, Coding Grace, TCD Walton Club, Physics Buskers and Dublin Maker – offering a range of workshops, activities and show-and-tell exhibitions.

Workshops will include tabletop game creation from GameCraft, a wearables workshop from Girls Hack Ireland, and coding workshops with CoderDojo and Coding Grace.

Dublin Maker, the Trinity Walton Club, TOG, Hardie Kids and Physics Buskers will be running exhibitions on everything from creative inventions to circuit board design.

For more details on workshops and show-and-tell sessions, check out the Inspirefest Fringe website.

While there will be space for drop-ins on the day, it is recommended that you register your family in advance if you have your eye on a particular workshop.

No experience in coding or technology is required for any of the above. Laptops and equipment will be supplied on the day by the Inspirefest team.

All children under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian at all times.

Inspirefest is Silicon Republic’s international event connecting sci-tech professionals passionate about the future of STEM. Book your tickets now to join us from 30 June to 2 July 2016 for fresh perspectives on leadership, innovation and diversity.

Kirsty Tobin was careers editor at Silicon Republic