Dublin City of Science 2012: European Science Open Forum

"Tell me a fact and I'll learn. Tell me the truth and I'll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever." - Indian Proverb

Seanchaí bringing Science to Kids

Storytellers and scientists bring the enchantment of scientific discovery to children of ages 7 - 9 in a lively and well-grounded show. In the story "Why?" "Cause that's the way it is!" a boy and a girl are drawn into a wonderful adventure. Children are guided from one storyteller to the next during the performance. The performance is followed by interactive experiments linked to the story.

Performers: storytellers of Dublin's Story-O in collaboration with Professor M. Schellekens (Department of Computer Science, UCC) and Dr. Cliona O'Carroll (Department of Folklore and Ethnology , UCC)

Story: "Why?" "Cause that's the way it is" (M. Schellekens). The story has benefitted from Graeme Pullyen's and Walter Janssens' artistic direction.


  • Cork (pilot performances):
    1. Aula Maxima, U.C.C. (for a local school): Wednesday June 27, 10:30 - 12:00. Curious City, Cork, Science meets Art
    2. Aula Maxima, U.C.C. (for UCC staff and children): Wednesday June 27, 18:30 - 20:00
      2. Bookings: m.schellekens@cs.ucc.ie
      3. Free event, limited number of places, first come - first serve basis
      4. 7-9 yrs accompanied by an adult
  • Dublin: Palatine Room, Museum of Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks
    1. Bookings taken by museum
    2. Free event, limited number of places
    3. 7-9 yrs accompanied by adult/s
    4. Thursday 5th July: 3 - 4:30pm
    5. Friday 6th July: 11am - 12:30pm
    6. Extra performance:
      1. Sunday 18th November: 3 - 4:30pm


  •  ESOF, Office of the Scientific Advisor to the government

  •  Science Foundation Ireland

  •  Martin Creaner, CEO, TM Forum

  •  UCC College of SEFS/Eureka Centre

  •  Centre for Efficiency Oriented Languages