Feel like the lockdown is never-ending?
If the Groundhog Day vibes are beginning to get you down, now could be the perfect time to tickle your brain by trying something brand new.
Right on cue, Munster Technological University (MTU) has come up with a series of interesting online workshops and tutorials designed to help us all beat lockdown fatigue as we ride out the final weeks of the Level 5 restrictions.
Between March and May, they’re inviting the public to learn how to mix a mocktail, soar into space, become an entrepreneur or have a go at coding – all free of charge and from the comfort of your own living room.
Streamed on Monday evenings at 7pm, the series will commence on Monday, March 22nd and run until Monday, May 31st, 2021.
“MTU is very aware of the difficulties and challenges that people are facing as a consequence of Covid-19.” said Michael Loftus, Vice President for External Affairs at MTU.
“In an effort to provide new opportunities, and to help people explore new interests in a fun and practical manner, we have developed the MTU Succeeding Together Series. Colleagues from across a wide range of areas in MTU are delighted to support the rollout of this series and are looking forward to engaging with as many people as possible across all communities at this challenging time.”
Here’s what coming up:
Culinary & Mocktail Demonstration
When: Monday, March 22nd, 7pm to 7.45pm
Get the family together to learn how to cook a great meal and accompany it with some tasty non-alcoholic cocktails. This online event will include a demonstration by culinary lecturer and chef, JJ Healy, and a non-alcoholic beverage demonstration by beverage lecturer, Gail Cotter.
Space – An Opportunity For All
When: Monday, March 29th, 7pm to 8pm
New Space is an emerging industry sector expected to be worth a trillion dollars by 2030. In this event, Dr Niall Smith (Head of Research, MTU Cork Campus) and Alan Giltinan (Senior Researcher, MTU Blackrock Castle Observatory) will offer a fascinating primer on everything from the scientific exploration of the cosmos to space rovers, lunar villages, using satellites for the benefit of society, environmental monitoring, automated vehicles, rural broadband and more.
Coding at Home
When: Monday, April 12th, 7pm to 8pm
Robotics and coding enable students to learn through play and to create an identity for themselves as STEM learners. The Coding at Home workshop will demonstrate how to use VEX VR code to draw images. The event is suitable for families and students aged seven to 17 years. Hosted by the MTU Science for Life programme, it will use the same code programming language used in the VEX Robotics Competition.
Coding at Home is presented by Dr Sharon Lawton (Science for Life Officer) and Jonathan Comerford (VEX Robotics Events Coordinator).
You can check out all of the events on the MTU website here.