Calmast - Centre for the Advancement of Learning of Maths, Science and Technology
Calmast was established in 2003 at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) to promote STEM. This followed considerable activity by WIT staff since the mid 1990s in promoting science and engineering. The centre is able to draw on staff, students and resources from WIT to achive the vital national goal of promoting STEM. Since its establishment Calmast work has reached hundreds of thousands of people with science supplements and publications and over a hundred thousand at events and activities. Calmast works many national and international groups in STEM and is working with Waterford City and County Council, industry groups and schools to develop the Southeast with Waterford as its Gateway City as a Science Region. Events include the Robert Boyle Science Festival (part of National Science week), Waterford Engineering Week (as part of national Engineers Week) and the Bealtaine Festival Celebrating Our Living Earth which incorporates International Day for Biological Diversity each May. Calmast also acts as the regional organiser for events such as SciFest and has had a large interactive stand at the BT Young Science and Technology Exhibition since 2003. Calmast has performed at many international STEM festivals Korea, China, Poland, Italy, Portugal, Czech Republic and the UK. Calmast also founded (2006) and coordinates Maths Week Ireland which is the largest festival of its kind in the world. In 2012 they added the Robert Boyle Summer School to the annual Irish summer school menu.
The centre is led by Sheila Donegan and Eoin Gill.
Calmast directors are the only Irish recipients of the Descartes Award for Science Communication and were awarded the Engineers Ireland inaugural Award for Science, Engineering and Technology Awareness in 2007.
BT Young Scientist 2015
Calmast was once again at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition coordinating the Waterford Science Region Stand with participation from WIT STEM departments, Bausch & Lomb, Teva, Waterford City and County Council. A large area was devoted to promotion of Maths Week Ireland.
This marked Calmast & WIT's 13th year supporting the BTYSTE and we are still one of the biggest and busiest stands. See here for 2015 Gallery
The Robert Boyle Science Week 2015
The Robert Boyle Science Festival is the Southeast's part of National Science Week. Events are expected to run in Waterford, Lismore, Dungarvan and New Ross between 9 - 14th November 2015.
In 2014 there are events for Primary, Secondary, Family and Adult audiences. This festival is extremely popular and over 3,000 places went in the first hour of booking.
Several distinguished visitors shared the programme with WIT lecturers in presenting interesting and stimulating talks, demonstrations and workshops.
The Irish Science Teachers Association's annual conference took place over the weekend. The ISTA kindly invited Calmast to this event and we were treated with a weekend of fascinating talks and practical resources for communicating science to the public.
|Scifest the Regional Science Fair will run at WIT on May 1st 2013 see here for more||
Calmast runs four annual festivals:
Maths Week Ireland - this annual celebration of mathematics runs in the north and south of Ireland in October . Founded and coordinated by Calmast, Maths Week Ireland is a cooperative movement of all interested in the promotion of mathematics in Ireland. It is now the biggest such festival in the world.
Maths Week 2015 will run from 10th - 19th October.
The CALMAST team
The activities of Calmast are directed by Sheila Donegan and Eoin Gill and developed and delivered in partnership with dedicated staff of WIT and in a wider partnership involving teachers, schools, local authorities, industry and other groups.
The centre actively supports and cooperates with other groups including -
iSCAN - Calmast is actively involved in the work of iSCAN (pronounced "eye scan") Irish Science Centres Awareness Network, with Eoin Gill being the current Chair.
Darwin200 Ireland - as 2009 was the 200th Anniversary of the birth of one of the most important scientists of all times - Charles Darwin the centre was heavily involved with promoting this celebration throughout the Island of Ireland through iSCAN.
Euscea - Calmast are active members and supporters of Euscea (pronounced "you see") the European Science Events Association. The European cooperation is extremely important in promoting STEM. Sheila Donegan is a past board member and treasurer of Euscea.
TreeClub - Calmast is working with students to nurture their interest in natural science and environmental issues via a tree distribution program.
Calmast can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org