Programme for Primary Schools 2014

All events are FREE, however advanced booking is required for all events with Eleanor Reade ereade@wit.ie 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.

VenueActivity & AudiencePresenterDateTimesDirections

Waterford IT Auditorium

Wonderful World of Feathers (2nd-4th class)

Eric Dempsey, well known broadcaster and author will introduce the birds of Ireland to primary school children. This illustrated presentation will show how wonderfully adapted birds are for their environment.

 

Eric Dempsey

www.birdsireland.com

Monday 19th May 10:00-11:00 Meet in WIT Reception
Waterford IT Auditorium

Wonderful World of Feathers (5th & 6th class)

Eric Dempsey, well known broadcaster and author will introduce the birds of Ireland to primary school children. This illustrated presentation will show how wonderfully adapted birds are for their environment.

 

Eric Dempsey

www.birdsireland.com

Monday 19th May 12:00-13:00 Meet in WIT Reception
JFK Arboretum, New Ross

Nature Trail of JFK Arboretum

An informative nature trail taking in the beauty of JFK Arboretum.

 

Staff at JFK Arboretum

www.heritageireland.ie

Monday 19th May 10:30-11:30 Meet in JFK Arboretum Visitor Centre
Kilfarrasy Strand

Seaweed Safari

Introducing the art of foraging and wildlife exploration at the sea-shore

 

Bruce MacDonald, Copper Coast Geopark

www.coppercoastgeopark.com

Monday 19th May 11:30-13:00

Meet in Kilfarrasy Strand Car Park

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Waterford IT (Main Campus)

Dave's Jungle

Get the chance to meet Dave's snakes, spiders, scorpions and lizards up close and personal!


Dave's Jungle

www.davesjungle.com

Tuesday 20th May

09:30-10:30

11:00-12:00

12:30-13:30

13:45-14:45

Room FTG 25, Groups will be met in main reception
Kilbarry Nature Park

Biodiversity Workshop (3rd & 4th class)

The nature park plays host to an interactive walk exploring nature and biodiversity within the city. It encompasses an integrated wetland, bog and meadows. Pupils will participate in an identification task as well as a fun nature hunt.

Ella Ryan, Waterford City Council

www.waterfordcity.ie

Tuesday 20th May 10:00-11:30 Meet in Car Park of Nature Park, Entrance Via Kingfisher Health Club next to the Super Valu on Tramore Road
Fenor Bog

Fenor Bog Nature Trail (Primary 5th-6th class)

An interactive walk covering the formation of the bog, looking at the plants and animals that live there.

Alan Walshe, Copper Coast Geopark

www.coppercoastgeopark.com

Wednesday 21st May 10:00-11:30 Meet in Carpark next to Fenor Bog at base of Ballyscanlon Hill, Fenor Village
JFK Arboretum, New Ross

Nature Trail of JFK Arboretum (4th-6th class)

An informative nature trail taking in the beauty of JFK Arboretum.

Staff at JFK Arboretum

www.heritageireland.ie

Wednesday 21st May 10:30-11:30 Meet in visitor centre of JFK Arboretum
Lismore Millennium Park

Outdoor Maths Activity (All Age Groups)

Students turn themselves upside down to measure, estimate and count their way around Lismore Millennium Park

Aoife McCabe, Lismore Heritage Centre

www.lismoreheritage.ie

Thursday 22nd May 10:00-11:00 Meet in Lismore Millennium Park, Across from Heritage Centre in village
JFK Arboretum, New Ross

Nature Trail at JFK Arboretum (4th-6th class)

An informative nature trail taking in the beauty of JFK Arboretum.

Staff at JFK Arboretum

www.heritageireland.ie

Thursday 22nd May 10:30-11:30 Meet in visitor centre, JFK Arboretum
Dunhill Integrated Constructed Wetland

Guided Tour of Wetland at Dunhill (4th-6th class)

This wetland provides wonderful habitats, while cleaning up waste water using natural processes. Students will see biodiversity in action.

Paul Carroll, Waterford County Council

www.waterfordcoco.ie

Thursday 22nd May 11:30-12:30 Meet in Anne Valley Car Park
Kilmeadan Water Treatment Plant

Safe Water at the Treatment Plant (4th-6th class)

We all need safe water to live. This guided tour of the drinking water treatment plant will show students the methods behind providing clean and safe drinking water.

Paul Carroll, Waterford County Council

www.waterfordcoco.ie

Thursday 22nd May 14:30-15:30 Meet at Water Treatment Plant in Kilmeadan Village
Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre

Our Dynamic Earth (3rd-5th class)

Earthquakes! Discover where and why earthquakes happen. Get the chance to see and use a working seismometer.

Tina Keating, Copper Coast Geopark

www.coppercoastgeopark.com

 

Friday 23rd May 10:00-11:30 Visitor Centre in Bonmahon Village (Old church building)
Waterford IT, Main Campus

ECO-UNESCO Biodiversity Workshop (4th-6th class)

Discover the natural world around us, how it works and the value of a healthy biodiversity to the world. This workshop contributes towards a school's Green Flag of Excellence Award.

Catherine McGuinness, ECO UNESCO

www.ecounesco.ie

Friday 23rd May 10:00-11:30 FTG 25, Meet in main reception and will be brought to room
Waterford IT, Main Campus

ECO- UNESCO Climate Change Workshop (4th-6th class)

This hands on workshop will explore the contributions of natural and human-made effects to climate change. This workshop contributes towards a school's Green Flag of Excellence Award.

Catherine McGuinness, ECO UNESCO

www.ecounesco.ie

Friday 23rd May 12:00-13:30 FTG 25, Meet in main reception and will be brought to room
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