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Calmast STEM Hub


Calmast is Waterford Institute of Technology’s STEM Outreach Hub. It was established in 2003 to address issues in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) building on work of the South East Schools Science Initiative commenced in the 1990's. The centre leverages the resources of WIT (in particular the staff and students and venues) and works in partnership with schools, industry and business, local authorities, public bodies and non-governmental organisations.  Calmast is now funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) as the STEM Outreach Hub for the South East Region.

The core value is “STEM for all” and we work in a spirit of partnership in all things to engage as many as possible. In 2017 20,000 attended Calmast coordinated events in the region. See some highlights below -


Flying the Flag for Girls in Engineering

Calmast led a STEM event for the Catholic Guides of Ireland's South East Region to celebrate their 90th anniversary. As Engineers Week is coming 4-8 March 2019 we devised a special Guides Engineering Activity. Special thanks to WIT Engineering lecturers Susan Gallagher (Civil Engineer) and Mary Doyle Kent (Mechanical Engineer) who led the sessions and our last years TY students Dara and Jack who assisted.



Plastics: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

This major STEAM project ran at Garter Lane Arts Centre from 15 to 19 January 2019 exploring the science and environmental impacts of plastics and was seen by over 1,000 visitors. Transition Year pupils from Presentation Secondary School Waterford working with Presentation Primary 6th Class pupils to explore these issues through science and art under the guidance of artist, Rachel Smith. See their wonderful work in the video below.Or watch on YouTube here

STEMreach Maths Ireland Problem Solving Programme

Problem solving skills are key to succeed in life – academically, professionally and personally. This programme was designed to enable participants to develop and identify problem strategies. All schools in Waterford City are now running this programme. The essence of this programme is presented in the video below.Or watch on YouTube here


Slideshow of Calmast activities:




South East Science Festival

Science Week is SFI's national celebration of science. Calmast has been running Science Week in the region since 1998 and in 2018 reached 11,000 participants in Lismore, Dungarvan, Waterford, Tramore, Clonmel, Kilkenny, New Ross and Wexford. International, national and local presenters bring science alive for all ages. The next South East Science Festival will take place 4 – 16 Nov 2019


Bealtaine Living Earth Festival

Calmast established the Bealtaine Living Earth Festival (2005) which celebrates biodiversity and natural environment. It is a partnership of more than a dozen groups and visitor centres interested in natural heritage. Bealtaine Living Earth Festival 2019 will take place from 18 - 26 May incorporating International Day for Biological Diversity.


Waterford Engineering Week

To create a greater focus on Engineering that was possible through Science Week, Calmast decided to establish Waterford Engineering Week (2006).  This festival is now aligned to the Engineers Ireland National Engineering Week which was founded the following year. Engineering Week emphasises hands on workshops and presentations. Engineering Week 2019 will take place from 2-8 March.


Maths Week Ireland

Realising the fundamental importance of mathematics Calmast established Maths Week Ireland (2006) which has become the biggest festival of its kind in the world with over 300,000 participating across the whole island. Over 50 partners: universities, institutes of technology, visitor centres, and other groups host and support events. Activities are also offered online and schools across the island do amazing activities in-school. Maths Week will take place from 12 - 20 October 2019

Robert Boyle Summer School

The Robert Boyle Summer School was established in 2012 as the first Irish cultural summer school for adults exploring the role of science in our society. The 8th annual summer school will run from 20 – 23 June 2019 at Lismore and Dungarvan and asked “What do we know?” with leading national and international speakers.

Spraoi & SprÓg

Calmast coordinates the STEM elements of Ireland’s premier street performance festival. This is an opportunity to bring STEM to the people. SprÓg is the young people’s festival and runs from 29 July – 4 August 2019 at Garter Lane Arts Centre where Calmast organises shows and workshops for between 1 and 2,000 visitors. Spraoi runs from 2-4 August 2019 when Calmast and partners twill turn the whole of Hanover St into a STEM street. 100,000 people attende Spraoi.


Discover STEM Summer Camp for Teenagers

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Camp for secondary school pupils. Will run from in June 2019 and Primary camp will run at Easter. Details to be announced later.


For 16 years Calmast has entertained thousands at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition coordinating a South East Science Region Stand. Calmast also runs Scifest@WaterfordIT a regional young scientist competition which is now a third the size of the BTYSTE. The 2018 SciFest@WIT took place at the WIT Arena on 1st May. See previous SciFest events at WIT here.

Information about SciFest can be found on their website here.


Calmast now has a fast developing programme for sustained schools engagement in the South East called STEMreach. Twelve secondary schools have taken part since 2017.



Calmast Team

Calmast Directors: Dr Sheila Donegan, Eoin Gill

Calmast  Manager: Dr Cordula Weiss


Upcoming Events
Scifest@WIT 2019 May 01, 2019 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM — Waterford Institute of Technology
Bealtaine Living Earth Festival 2019 May 18, 2019 - May 26, 2019
Robert Boyle Summer School 2019 Jun 20, 2019 - Jun 23, 2019
Maths Week Ireland 2019 Oct 12, 2019 - Oct 20, 2019 — All Island
Southeast Science Festival Nov 04, 2019 - Nov 16, 2019
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