Programme for Secondary Schools 2016

Advance booking required for all events with Eleanor Reade 051 302037.

The Bealtaine Living Earth Festival 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 15,000 visitors to five annual festivals: Maths Week Ireland, Robert Boyle Science Week, The Robert Boyle Summer School, Waterford Engineering Week and Bealtaine Living Earth Festival

All events are FREE.


Wastewater Treatment and the aquatic environment


Presenter: Paul Carroll, Waterford City Council

Location: Kilmeaden Waste Water Treatment Plant

Students will be introduced to wastewater treatment and learn about the importance of wastewater treatment in safeguarding water quality. They will get the chance to explore stream life and see how life adapts to the aquatic environment.


Exploration of the Diverse Ecology of the River Mahon

11:00-12:00 SECONDARY

Presenter: Dr Michael Breen, Waterford Institute of Technology

Location: River Mahon, Kill

Explore the rich and diverse river ecology with environmental science lecturer Dr Michael Breen.



Explore the Flora and Fauna of Lismore

10:00-10:45 PRIMARY

Presenter: Lismore Heritage Centre

Location: Lismore Heritage Centre, Main Street, Lismore, Co Waterford

A chance for local school children to link History and Biodiversity in this trail around Lismore’s best beauty spot! Children will link flora and fauna with gory tales of Vikings and plunder at Lismore Cathedral’s glorious grounds.


Beach & Dune Discovery Eco Hike

11:00-13:00 SECONDARY

Presenter: Oceanics Surf School & Marine Education Centre

Location: Oceanics Surf School & Marine Education Centre at The Red Cottage, Tramore

The Beach and Dune Hike celebrates biodiversity where students enjoy outdoors science in a fun and interactive way. They will discover plants and animals unique to Sand Dune, Saltmarsh and Sea Shore habitats. This walk in nature is exclusive to Oceanics and is designed to educate students on living things, environmental awareness and care.