Calmast - Centre for the Advancement of Learning of Maths, Science and Technology
Calmast was established in 2003 at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) allowing Sheila Donegan and Eoin Gill to continue and develop the work they had been doing since the mid 1990s in promoting science and engineering. In that time they have reached hundreds of thousands of people with science supplements and publications and over a hundred thousand at events and activities. They work with Waterford City Council, Waterford County Council, industry groups and schools to develop the Southeast with Waterford as its Gateway City as a Science Region.
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.
The Robert Boyle Science Festival is the Southeast's part of National Science Week. Events are Running in Waterford, Lismore, Dungarvan and New Ross.
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 will be joining 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:
Southeast Science Week- Calmast organises science week throughout the Southeast every November as part of National Science Week.
Waterford Engineering Week - 25 Feb - 1 Mar 2013
the centre now runs this in conjunction with Engineers Ireland's Engineering week
Maths Week Ireland - this annual celebration of mathematics runs in the north and south of Ireland in October . Maths Week Ireland is a cooperative movement of all interested in the promotion of mathematics in Ireland. Maths Week 2013 will run from 12th - 20th October.
CALMAST also supports major national science events such as
The BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition
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 is 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 board member and current 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 email@example.com