8 Creative STEAM Things To Do at the 2017 GSTF Exhibition Day

Do you have a child who loves being creative or is engineering-minded? There are some great events covering Science, Tech, Engineering, Art, Maths (STEAM) taking place at this year’s Exhibition Day on Sunday 26th November. Here are 8 Creative STEAM Things To Do at the 2017 GSTF Exhibition Day:

Bronwyn Reid-McDermott Photo: Aengus McMahon Photography

Bronwyn Reid-McDermott discusses her work as a scientist with a young participant at the arty scientist workshop. Bronwyn is a Healthcare simulation technician in the School of Medicine. She is an an expert in making moulage & special effects makeup on both manikins/actors. These mimic injuries & are used to train Doctors / Nurses. Picture Aengus McMahon Photography.

All events at the GSTF are free. School events can be booked here and online booking for free tickets to events and shows at the Festival Exhibition Sunday 26th November will open on Saturday 18th November at www.galwayscience.eventbrite.ie

 

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1. Go STEM Mad with NUI Galway

 

 

There is something for everyone in the NUI Galway exhibition at the Bailey Allen Hall. Meet the GEEC (Galway Energy Efficient Car) and its design team, explore a marine habitat, look at blood cells under the microscope, create some mathematical art to take home, interact with robots, try your hand as a cell biologist, hear about the latest developments in stem cell therapies, and witness some amazing physics close up. Brought to you by students and staff in Science, Medicine, Engineering and Informatics from NUI Galway.

Find them: at the Bailey Allen Hall

 

Recommended reading: 7 Awesome Space Things to Do at the GSTF 2017 Exhibition Day

 

2. Explore STEM with GMIT

GMIT’s exhibition stands will be an interactive learning and development space where visitors can explore a range of science, technology and engineering activities.

Find them: at the Bailey Allen Hall

3. Be Creative with The Arty Scientist

 

Photo: Aengus McMahon Photography

Picture Aengus McMahon Photography.

 

Art workshop to bust the myth of the mad Scientist! In this workshop children will draw a life-size representation of themselves as scientists with the help of both scientists and artists. They will be inspired by pictures representing the diversity of NUI Galway Scientists.

Supported by French Embassy in Dublin, Science Week and the Galway Science & Technology Festival

Find them: at Geography Rooms
Workshop details: Workshops last 20 mins, suitable for parents & children 6+
Workshop times: Open door – max capacity is 20 participants at a time. Start at: 11:00, end at 16:00

4. Enjoy Origami with Tom Cuffe

 

 

Come along and learn about the ancient Eastern art form of folding paper. Transform a flat sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding techniques. Discover that the principles of origami have been used in the development of stents, packaging, motor industry, engineering structures and by NASA in the deployment of solar panels in space.

Find them: at Bailey Allen Concourse – Red Zone

 

Recommended reading: 15 Super Science Things to Do at the GSTF 2017 Exhibition Day

 

5. Learn basic engineering at Lego Education Workshops for 6-7 years

 

 

Learn it Workshops are designed to inspire and develop the skills of tomorrow’s engineers. Our workshops are engaging, fun and most of all educational with children taking time to discuss, plan, design and develop their projects. They will learn about basic engineering concepts and see the results of their work through experimenting and testing with their project. Ages 6 – 7

 

Find them: at Geography Rooms
Workshop details: workshops last 60 minutes and are suitable for ages 6 – 7
Workshop times: 11.15 : 12.30 : 13.45 : 15.00 : 16.15

6. Explore motion and energy at Lego Education Workshops for 8-12 years

 

 

Learn it Workshops are designed to inspire and develop the skills of tomorrow’s engineers. Our workshops help students deepen their understanding of how forces can affect motion and explore concepts of energy. As they gain experience, students can build more complex mechanisms and use them to make accurate observations, measurements and records; and even design their own solutions. Participants will predict, estimate, observe, measure, and record their investigations. In this way they exercise scientific inquiry skills, while experiencing physical science & technology first hand.

 

Find them: at Geography Rooms
Workshop details: workshops last 60 minutes and are suitable for Ages 8 – 12
Workshop times: 11.30 : 12.45 : 14.00 : 15.15 : 16.30

 

7. Build spatial systems at the K’nex Workshop

Galway Science and Technology Festival

 

A colourful, fun workshop focussing on spatial building systems for all to enjoy.

 

Find them: at The Space – upstairs
Workshop details: workshops last 45 mins and are for children only ages 6 to 10
Workshops times: 10.15 : 11.15 : 12.15 : 13.15 : 14.15 : 15.15 : 16.15

 

8. Find out all about shapes with The Shapes of Space

 

Attendees will independently discover the five platonic solids, through hands-on construction of physical models. The significance in nature of these very special symmetric shapes will be discussed, as well as their amazing mathematical features. The workshop allows for a powerful but elementary mathematical exploration, or for a more physical approach that connects to the experimental sciences, according to the interests of participants.

Find them: IT Building – Green Zone

 

 

Galway Science and Technology Festival (13th – 26th November) is part of Science Foundation Ireland’s national Science Week 2017 #believeinscience.