About this event
What do humans need to stay alive and work efficiently on Earth? How could we meet these needs in space? Find out in these fun, science-based workshops for ages 10-12 with Dr Niamh Shaw in this Science Week 2018 for children
This creative workshop will get you designing and building your own space habitat on either the moon or Mars, where you will
- Review Martian habitats and what mankind has learned so far in living off-earth!
- Consider what humans need to survive in space?
- Design a planetary habitat for at least two people building a model out of different materials
- Learn about existing Martian habitats on Earth and what we have learned from them, including Niamh’s Mars missions to Utah and the Negev desert.
Combining creativity with space themes, this is a fun learning experience where you will gain an understanding of gravity, human requirements for life and how will have to live off-earth in the future.
Please note: These workshops will take place in Dublin City Council’s Wood Quay Venue, behind the civic offices on Wood Quay, Dublin 8.
Dr Niamh Shaw is an Irish engineer, scientist, performer and explorer of all things Space. She talks about science & space on Irish radio & TV, and makes public events and theatre shows to ignite peoples curiosity- especially those people who think that science isn’t for them. She is actively pursuing her dream to get to space as artist and performer and has been sharing her global space adventures and expeditions since 2014. In this regard, she participated in a zero gravity flight at Star City in Moscow, has visited Baikonur Cosmodrome (most recently for the launch of European Space Agency Astronaut, Alexander Gerst) and is an experienced analogue astronaut with over 20 EVA hrs from her simulated Mars mission at the Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station in the high Utah desert.
Voted one of Ireland’s leading science communicators and STEAM specialists (merging science, technology, engineering, arts and maths), she champions Women in STEM in all her projects and works with the Lottie Doll Company to promote young girls and boys in STEM, bringing ‘Stargazer Lottie’ on all her space adventures. She works with CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory to deliver science and space-based workshops across Ireland in schools and at family festivals to ignite a love of STEM at a young age.
She is artist in residence at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory Cork, was the Humanities co-chair at this summer’s 2018 International Space Studies Programme & the Dublin point of contact for Ireland’s national Space week. She writes for BBC’s monthly Sky at Night astronomy magazine, and has spoken recently at Inspirefest and New Scientist Live . In November, she speaks at Wired Live , and NASA Johnson Space Centre about the cross-disciplinary nature of her work exploring space.