Programme for Primary Schools 2013

Prebooking required for all events with Eleanor Reade 051 302037.

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, Robert Boyle Science Week, The Robert Boyle Summer School, Engineering Week and Bealtaine Festival of Outdoor Science.


Copper Coast Geopark Centre,Bonmahon, Waterford

Dynamic Earth: Earthquakes presentation given by Tina Keating for primary level students, Copper Coast Geologist explaining where and why they happen, with a demonstration of a working seismometer. Tina Keating (Copper Coast Geopark) Monday 20th 10:00-11:30 Primary (3rd-6th class)
JFK Arboretum, New Ross Trees- their flora and fauna: A unique guided walk around some of the main European species of tree used in plantation forestry in Ireland. The trees are growing in plots and can be seen growing exactly like they would in a plantation forest. Dr Nick McCarthy will introduce primary school children to the trees, flowers and animals living in JFK. Dr Nick McCarthy (WIT) Monday 20th 10:00 & 11:30 Primary (3rd-6th class)
Lismore Heritage Centre Maths Trail: An exciting maths trail that takes in both nature and the wonder of mathematics. Lismore Heritage Centre Tuesday 21st 10:30 Primary
Fenor Bog (car park) Fenor Bog wildlife tour: An interactive walk for primary level covering the formation of the bog, looking at plants and animals that live there. Alan Walshe (Copper Coast Geopark) Tuesday 21st 10:00-11:30 Primary (5th & 6th class)
Waterford Institute of Technology Dave's Jungle: Get the chance to meet Dave's snakes, spiders, scorpions and lizards up close and personal! Dave's Jungle Tuesday 21st






Kilmeadan Water Treatment Plant River Ecology Workshop: This short workshop allows students to meet and learn about the uniquely well adapted fauna and flora of Irish rivers. Paul Carroll (Waterford County Council) Wednesday 22nd 14:00-16:00 (Four half hour sessions) Primary (5th and 6th class)
JFK Arboretum Nature Trail: An exciting and informative nature trail taking in the beauty and nature of JFK Arboretum JFK Arboretum Wednesday 22nd 10:30



Kilbarry Nature Park (Car Park) Biodiversity Workshop: This workshop, marking International Day for Biological Diversity explores the diverse wildlife of this reclaimed wetland. Ella Ryan (Waterford City Council) Wednesday 22nd 11:30 Primary (4th or 5th class)
Waterford Institute of Technology Wonderful World of Feathers: Eric Dempsey is well known from the Mooney show and for his bird books. He will introduce the birds of Ireland to primary school children and this illustrated presentation will show how wonderfully adapted birds are for their environment. Eric Dempsey Thursday 23rd 10:00 & 12:00 Primary (2nd-4th class & 5th-6th class)
JFK Arboretum Nature Trail: An exciting and informative nature trail looking at the beauty and nature of the park. JFK Arboretum Thursday 23rd 10:30 Primary
JFK Arboretum Nature Trail: An exciting and informative nature trail looking at the beauty and nature of the park. JFK Arboretum Friday 24th 10:30 Primary
Waterford Institute of Technology Skullduggery!: This workshop is aimed at the primary school age group. The workshop aims to teach participants the difference in anatomy of carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. 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 McGuinness (Natural History Museum) Friday 24th 10:00 & 11.45 Primary (4th-6th class)
T-Bay Surf, Eco Centre & Café Explore and Discover: Discover the natural beauty and mysteries of Tramore Bay, Sand dunes and backstrand environments with natural heritage specialist and field ecologist, Grace O' Sullivan. Learn about Grace's time in the arctic and antarctic! Grace O' Sullivan Friday 24th 10:00-12:00 Primary (5th & 6th)

All events approximately 1 hour unless otherwise indicated