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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.

 

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South East Science Festival

Calmast has been running Science Week in the region since 1998 and in 2017 reached 10,000 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 11 – 18 Nov 2018

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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 2018 will take place from 19 – 27 May incorporating International Day for Biological Diversity.

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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.

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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.
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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 7th annual summer school will run from 21 – 24 June at Lismore and Dungarvan and will ask “What do we know?” with leading national and international speakers.
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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 30 July – 5 August at Garter Lane Arts Centre and Spraoi runs 3-5 August when Calmast and partners turn the whole of Hanover St into a STEM street.

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Discover STEM Summer Camp for Teenagers

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths Camp for secondary school pupils. Will run from 5-8 June 2018. Cost €80. Booking with Calmast@wit.ie

SciFest@WaterfordIT

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 will take 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.

STEMreach

Calmast now has a fast developing programme for sustained schools engagement in the South East called STEMreach. Nine secondary schools have taken part in 2017/18.

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Calmast Team

Calmast Directors: Sheila Donegan, Eoin Gill

Calmast Programme Manager: Cordula Weiss

Maths Ireland Programme Manager: Sian Hanley

Maths Ireland Education Resources Manager: Jowita Pleskot

Contact: calmast@wit.ie