Programme for Primary Schools 2011

 

Prebooking required for all events with Nan O Brien at 051 845625, nobrien@wit.ie, or Mary Ryan at 051 302482

The Bealtaine Festival for Outdoor Science is a partnership of groups interested in Celebrating our Living Earth in the Southeast of Ireland and is coordinated by Calmast. Waterford IT through Calmast offers a wide range of science, technology, engineering and maths programmes for schools in the Southeast, attracting over 12,000 visitors to four annual festivals: Maths Week Ireland, Waterford Science Festival, Engineering Week and Bealtaine Festival of Outdoor Science.

Venue

Activity

Presenter

Days

Times

Groups

WIT Atrium
Waterford Institute of Technology

Robert Mallet: Irish Engineer & Scientist, A Commemorative Exhibition:
The Irish engineer and scientist Robert Mallet (1810–1881) is one of Ireland’s many unsung scientific heroes. His contributions to the fields of engineering, seismology, volcanology and ballistic ordnance were of global significance. As 2010 sees the bicentenary of his birth, this exhibition will highlight his leading role in solving critical scientific questions.

WIT & RDS

Fri 6th May –
23rd May

8 am – 8 pm

General Public,
Schools

Ballymacarbry, Co. Waterford

Fibulous Fun With Bunny Rabbits, Pine Cones, Daisies and a Packet of Cards. The Fibonacci numbers have been intriguing people for over 800 years, in fact since around the time when the Normans first landed in Wexford and Waterford. They lie behind some key biological processes, can be seen in fields and forests (and supermarkets) every day, and have recently been applied to an entertaining mathemagical effect which we will teach. Bring pine cones, pineapples and cards (but no rabbits please).

Dr. Colm Mulcahy,
Spelman College, Atlanta
USA

Mon 16th

9.30 am

Primary
School

WIT Auditorium Waterford
Institute of Technology

Wonderful World of Feathers. Eric Dempsey is well known from the Mooney show and for his bird books. This illustrated presentation shows how wonderfully adapted birds are for their environments.

Eric Dempsey,
broadcaster and author

Mon 16th

10.00am
12.00pm

Primary
School

JFK Arboretum, Wexford

JFK Arboretum – Guided Forest and Nature Trail. In this the International Year of Forestry, learn about our native trees with Forestry Lecturer Nick Mc Carthy.

Dr. Nick McCarthy, WIT,
and JFK

Mon 16th 10.00am
11:30am

Primary
School
(10 – 12yrs)

WIT main Campus
Waterford Institute of Technology

Learn how to build a birdbox and watch the birds progress, from nest building to the hatching of the chicks

Dr. Nick McCarthy, WIT

Tues 17th

9.30 am
11.15 am
12.45 pm

Primary
School
(10 – 12yrs)
WIT main Campus
Waterford Institute of Technology
How will we get our energy? It is now widely accepted that our reliance on oil and gas is undesirable for security, economic and environmental reasons. Just how can we manage our energy and where will we get our energy from in the future. This demonstration lecture will address the issues that we all must face up to and examine the technologies that may provide solutions.

Eoin Gill, WIT
Tues 17th

10 am
12.30 pm

Primary
School

Lismore Heritage Centre

A magical woodland walk. Participants will learn about how a seed develops and grows into a large tree, how there are many different layers of growth in a woodland habitat, look a different birds and insects

Lismore Heritage Centre

Tues 17th 10.30 am

Primary
School

WIT main Campus
Waterford Institute of Technology

Learn how to build a birdbox and watch the birds progress, from nest building to the hatching of the chicks Dr. Nick McCarthy, WIT Wed 18th

9.30 am
11.15 am
12.45 pm
Primary
School
(10 – 12yrs)
WIT main Campus
Waterford Institute of Technology

Science Survival – How a knowledge of science can help us survive in the wilderness.

Eoin Gill, WIT

Wed 18th

10.30 am

Primary 5-6th
Class

WIT main Campus
Waterford Institute of Technology

Explore the ecosystems of the People’s Park Ella Ryan will guide participants and show how our ecosystems are interconnected.

Ella Ryan,
Waterford City Council.

Wed 18th

11 am

Primary 4th / 5th
/ 6th Classes

Fenor Bog

Visit to Fenor bog to explore the bog wildlife with Alan Walsh

Alan Walsh , Copper Coast Geopark

Thurs 19th

10.00am

Primary School

WIT main Campus
Waterford Institute of Technology
Skull-duggery! This workshop is aimed at the primary school age group and its contents are adaptable from junior infants up to 6th class. The workshop aims to teach participants the difference in anatomy of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. Participants will learn that skulls tell
us countless things about animals. Pupils will discover that the shape and position of eyes, jaws and teeth are clues that help us learn more about an animal’s lifestyle and habitat.

Catherine Mc Guinness,
Natural History
Museum

Fri 20th

10.00 am
11.15 am

Primary School
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