2017 Galway Science & Technology Festival Events


Bailey Allen Hall – Main Exhibition Hall – Red Zone

Bailey Allen Hall

See our perennial product demos to wow the kids and discuss with the parents, a raffle on the half hour, Virtual reality, Augmented reality and an immersive “Kids Hospital” giving every child the opportunity to be a doctor for the day, dress up and perform an operation and have a picture to remember the experience to take away with them.


NUI Galway A wide variety of science and technology from all corners of the University will be on display.

The Surgical Society will demonstrate simulated laparoscopic surgeries.

A Zoology exhibition will showcase the importance of honeybees, with beesuits and a fully assembled beehive, some honey from our NUI Galway hives, and pinned, native Irish bees along with their predators.

Learn about blood – and even pipette some ‘fake blood’ – at the Blood Cancer Network Ireland exhibition, where interactive toys and microscopes show the world inside your veins.

Learn about plants, algae, seagrasses and pollinators at the Botany and Plant Science exhibition. See how seaweed can change colour when in and out of the water, and brave the ‘Touch me if You Dare’ boxes which may contain some cold and slimy plants!

Explore the world of bacteria and Microbiology and see what’s lurking on a toilet seat or a computer keyboard.

Get involved in the interactive exhibition from the Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI) to learn about Stem Cells, how these are used to make different, new cells in medicine, and where the stem cells in your body are!

See a really ‘super cool’, and visually striking, experiment at the Physics exhibition where a very, very cold ‘superconductor’ material will levitate, and race around a circular track made of strong magnets!

Or see the famous, Galway energy-efficient car (better known as the Geec).

And finally, visit the interactive Robot Zone at the Information Technology and Computer Science exhibition to see Humanoid Lego Mindstorms, Robot Claw Bot, Explorer Bot and Hammer Bot. Beat the robots at Connect 4 or play Let’s Break Stuff to fire slingshots at crockery, glasses and bottles!


Boston Scientific  

Visit our stand and see how we work to improve patients’ lives. Join us to explore the human body, while learning about the technology and products made at BSC Galway that aid in treating disease in a minimally invasive way.


Cisco Join us to see us combine great Cisco Products with some of the latest fun gadgets available in the market. This year, we have the Cisco Emergency Communication Kit, a Mobile ‘Spark-bot’, the Ankh-drive, Robot’s writing on the ping-pong balls, Minecraft and much much more.



There will be plenty of hands-on activities for visitors of all ages.   Join us for some fun (and sometimes challenging demos!)   Sports Science activities, get to grips with using a microscope, lose yourself in our 3D reality apps, or unleash your inner “CSI” by trying some of our forensic activities.

Marine Institute The Marine Institutes INFOMAR seabed mapping team  – using Xbox gaming technology  and a sandbox – will be showing how to forge instant 3D maps in the sand reflecting the depths and features of the ocean floor that are thousands of metres beneath the Atlantic Ocean. A model of Ireland’s national research vessel RV Celtic Explorer, the ship used in Ireland’s marine research, will also be on display.  Also come and see our Marine Fun Facts art work and win some spot prizes.


Explorers Education Programme Drop by and meet the Marine Explorers Education Programme™ team, where you can view some of Ireland’s amazing marine life in the Explorers “nobby boat” display. Learn about how the ocean affects your every day life, and how you can effect the ocean. The Explorers Education Programme™ is run by Galway Atlantaquaria and funded by the Marine Institute.
Fidelity At the Fidelity Investments Innovation Station we investigate how we will communicate in the future. By 2018 30% of computer interactions will be through voice, Fidelity explores how we will service our customers on the voice platforms they choose.
Creganna/TE Connectivity  

Come and visit our booth and learn all about the human body and the devices doctors use to treat their patients. There will be lots of fun and games too!


Aerogen Come along to the Aerogen stand to see how liquid medicine can be transformed into aerosol. We will have fun games such as The Aerosol Maze & Aerosol Bubble Bingo for all the family to enjoy!

Valeo will present its state-of-the-art autonomous vehicle platform with a full day of live demonstrations in one of its latest prototype vehicles. This will include demonstrations of a whole host of our novel technologies, including advanced driver assistance systems and fully autonomous braking & parking. Come see the technologies that are the forefront of the autonomous revolution, and are currently being developed at our R&D headquarters in Tuam, Co. Galway.  Make sure to see our autonomous car in the Orbsen Building car park.  Not to be missed!

Galway Astronomy Club  

We’ll have various scopes and other stuff set up, booklets and brochures to hand out, back issues of Astronomy Ireland to give out and we’ll be on hand to offer advice and tips to any who want it.


Schools exhibiting

The View

Upstairs Bailey Allen Hall

Primary Schools

Lawrencetwon NS; Scoil Bhride Mionloch; Merlin Woods NS; St John the Apostle Knocknacarra; Gaelscoil de Íde Oranmore; Scoil Mhuire Moycullen; Kilglass NS; Scoil Mhuire Clarinbridge; Craughwell NS; Scoil an Chroí Íosa, Galway City; St Theresa’s NS Cashel; Coolarne NS;  Creggs National School

Secondary Schools:

Coláiste Bhaile Chláir; Davitt College Castlebar; St Killian’s College, Coláiste na bPiarsach; St Mary’s College

Bailey Allen Concourse – Red Zone
Junior Achievement 1. Optical illusions – The world is full of optical illusions and things aren’t always the way they appear! There is no magic involved, no strings attached, it’s all in your head!


2. Light & Reflection –  We examine the principle of reflection and how this applies to everyday life. Try the mirror writing activity at our stand – it’s a lot of fun once your brain figures out how to do it!

Origami by 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 are used everyday throughout the world for innovation e.g. NASA in the deployment of solar panels in space.


Digital Makers space  

We will have a Digital Makers space section at the Fair this year, promoting the digital creativity being undertaken in Galway particularly by young people in areas such as electronics, 3D printing and computer coding.  These  groups are: Athenry Coderdojo; Galway City Coderdojo sponsored by SAP; 091 Labs (embracing hackerspace); Galway Techspace (in assocoation with Foroige); Galway Gaming Tribes; CompSoc NUIG.


Gaming Zone Visit Romero Games and Spooky Doorway Games in the foyer of the Bailey Allen Hall.  Romero Games will feature Gunman Taco Truck and interactive video play of Doom while Spookey Doorway Games will demo their Dark Side Detective Game.
Bailey Allen – Red Zone
K’nex Workshop The Cube  

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

Children only – Ages 6 to 10


45 mins

10.15 : 11.15 : 12.15 : 13.15 : 14.15 : 15.15 : 16.15
Bug Doctor Meeting Room upstairs  

Stick and leaf insects, giant snails, tarantulas, scorpions, giant centipedes, train millipedes, snakes and the lizards all seen up close!

Parents & children   All ages


40 mins

10.00 : 11.00 : 12.00 : 14.00 : 15.00 : 16.00 : 17.00
Exploration Dome The Space  

New to 2017

OASIS IN SPACE transports the audience on a startling

and beautiful voyage through our universe, galaxy and

solar system in search of liquid water, a key ingredient

for life on Earth.  Spectacular pictures invite audiences to draw their own conclusions about the other orbiting bodies in our solar system: is there water out there? Is there life beyond Earth?

Parents & children All ages


40 mins


10.00 : 11.00 : 12.00 : 14.00 : 15.00 : 16.00 : 17.00
‘Space & Astronomy’ by Declan Holmes

(between the Bailey Allen Hall & Orbsen Building)

Arus Uí Cathail New to 2017

The Space Show takes students a tour of solar system from our amazing Earth to the moons of Saturn. We will discover how lucky we are to live on a warm planet with air and water. We will explore what would happen if the Sun was a thousand times it’s size or if Mars crashed into Earth.

Parents & children   All ages


45 mins

11.30 : 13.00 : 14.15 : 15.30 : 16.45
EA Games Come and join the EA Galway team , we’ll have presentations on working in the gaming industry and what skills you need to work for EA.  We’ll have multiplayer consoles set-up with our new releases: Star Wars Battlefront 2, Need for Speed 2 and SIMS 4 and we will be bringing a VR headset and games for you to try out too.  For younger ones, we’ll have a bean bag area, so there is something for all the family.  We might even have some games to give away! All ages

45 mins

10.00 : 11.00 : 12.00 : 13.00 : 14.00 : 15.00 : 16.00 : 17.00
O’Donoghue Centre – Red Zone
Richard III Discovered Exhibition Room 1 New to 2017 – Not to be missed

The ‘King Richard III – Life, Death and DNA’ Exhibition arrives from University of Leicester in partnership with the British Council Ireland. The discovery of King Richard III’s skeleton has been the scientific detective story of the decade.



  10 – 6pm every

20 mins

Lego Education Workshop Room 2 Learn the skills of tomorrow’s engineers; deepen your understanding of how forces can affect motion and explore concepts of energy.  Predict, estimate, observe, measure, and record your investigations. Master scientific inquiry skills, while experiencing physical science & technology first hand. Ages 8 – 12


60 mins

11.15 : 12.30 : 13.45 : 15.00 : 16.15
Lego Education Workshop Room 3 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


60 mins

11.30 : 12.45 : 14.00 : 15.15 : 16.30
Interactive Hospital/Teddy Bear Hospital Room 4 Bring your teddies and visit the NUIG Slainte Soc mini Teddy Bear Hospital! You can bring your teddy around the hospital to see what goes on inside. Teddy will undergo an X-ray, make a trip to the surgery and maybe even get an injection! Walk through
Human Biology Building – Red Zone
Richard III – Life, Death & DNA Exhibition Lecture Theatre New to 2017 – Not to be missed:

The ‘King Richard III – Life, Death and DNA’ Exhibition arrives from University of Leicester in partnership with the British Council Ireland. The discovery of King Richard III’s skeleton has been the scientific detective story of the decade. Special guest of the Galway Science and Technology Festival Dr. Turi King, Professor at University of Leicester, a passionate communicator of science will recount the story of a most ambitious Grey Friars project which led to the discovery of the remains of King Richard III in 2012.


Award Ceremony Lecture Theatre Presentation of the best school exhibits, special recognition award and ReelLIFE Science winners


My Amazing Brain Foyer of HB Building  

Experience various interactive displays, brain games and brain tricks at the ‘My Amazing Brain’ exhibition workshops. Learn about the brain and nervous system, test your mirror writing skills and hand eye motor co-ordination, look at brain tissue through a microscope, be fooled by optical illusions, see your brain waves and play a game based on brain wave activity.


Parents & children – All ages



Walk through
Orbsen Building Concourse – Green Zone
RSA Rollover Simulator This simulator continues to be highly effective in encouraging people to use safety belts.  The simulator is a car body fitted to a rotating hydraulic platform.  Participants sit into the simulator and experience a half or a full rotation.  The ‘simulation’ demonstrates how it would feel if you were in a car which turned over in a collision, and the lifesaving benefits of wearing a seatbelt should this occur.  Demonstrations using life size mannequins will also show what happens to a person when they are not wearing a seatbelt.
Valeo – Meet our R&D engineers at the demos in the car park and at our stand in the Orbsen Building, and see first-hand how an autonomous car interprets the world around it using cutting-edge computer vision and multi-sensor fusion. See how these technologies contribute to a safer world, with cars that actually know you are human and track your movements to ensure your safety, pretty cool! Not to be missed!”

10:00: AEB – Automatic Emergency Braking (automatic emergency braking and haptic feedback on objects and pedestrians (including flank-Guard [360-Near-shield]).

11:00: RPA – (Remote Park Assist) Automated remote parking using a mobile phone.

12:00: AP- Automated parking demo, this involves automated parking between vehicles and on lines on the ground.

13:00: Park4U home – Home-Parking demonstration (trained parking).

14:00: AEB – Automatic Emergency Braking (automatic emergency braking and haptic feedback on objects and pedestrians (including flank-Guard [360-Near-shield]).

15:00: RPA – (Remote Park Assist) Automated remote parking using a mobile phone.

16:00: AP- Automated parking demo, this involves automated parking between vehicles and on lines on the ground.

17:00: Park4U home – Home-Parking demonstration (trained parking).

The Eccentric Energy Show with Dr. How’s Science Wows Seminar Room  

New to 2017

Where does energy come from? What types of energy are there and what amazing things can we do with them?  The Eccentric Energy show explores all this and lots more!

Parents & children

All ages


40 mins

11.30 : 12.30 : 14.30 : 15.30 : 16.30
IT Building – Green Zone
Sue McGrath’s ‘Science of Bubbles’ IT250 Have you ever wondered why bubbles float? Why we can see rainbows in bubbles? Why bubbles are round? Can we make bubbles in other liquids? What is the secret behind big bubbles?  Sue will attempt to show many incredible bubble tricks and then relate them to Science. Parents & children   All ages


45 mins

12.00 : 13.30 : 15.00 : 16.15
Xperimental – Sparxl the Electricity Show

(downstairs in the IT Building)


Let’s get some energy!
Spinning trays & bottles
Anti gravity
Using the energy of weather – making rainbows & flying
Erupting chemical energy,

Parents & children

Up to age 10


40 mins

11.30 : 12.45 : 14.00 : 15.15 : 16.30
Kitchen Chemistry IT202  

The Kitchen Chemistry show will be a hands on exploration of colourful and fun chemistry experiments. We’ll have a lot of hands on experiment! Build up your atomic model and prepare a bouncy ball!  We’ll even show you how to do the experiments at home.


Parents & children    Up to age 10


40 mins

10.30 : 11.30 : 12.30 : 14.00 : 15.00 : 16.00
‘Go Fly your Kite’ – STEM workshop IT204 History of kite flying

How does a kite fly?

Physics of kites

Forces of nature

Assembly of the kite

Designing your own kite

Children only need tickets 10.30 : 11.45 : 13.00 : 15.00 : 16.15
The Shapes of Space


IT203 New to 2017

Through hands-on construction of physical models, participants will independently discover the mathematical wonders of the five very special shapes known as the platonic solids (and some of their friends). You can also make some special geometric art to decorate your Christmas tree (or anything else!).

Age 9+


20 people

11.00 : 12.00 : 14.00 : 15.30
Great Balloon Race IT206 Explore and learn about the general principles and concept of gravity.  Build your own hot air balloon, decorate the basket and balloon and choose a variety of objects as the cargo for the hot air balloon race.  Then the challenge begins to fly the hot air balloon to the ceiling the slowest wins. Children only       Up to age 8


40 mins

11.00 : 12.00 : 13.00 : 14.30 : 15.30 : 16.30
STEAMworks with Toodlelou IT207 New to 2017

Explore the merging of science and art with Eleanor from the Toodlelou Creativity Lab. We’ll be experimenting and exploring with a wealth of materials to produce works of art using colour experimentation, simple robotics and chemical reactions and trying our hand at design challenges by making unique creations. Ideal for curious young creatives.

Children only

Up to age 10

11.00 : 12.00 : 13.00 : 14.30 : 15.30 : 16.30

Arts and Science Concourse – Blue Zone

Earth Science Hunt: Can you help us solve the ultimate continental puzzle?

(Opposite side to Bank of Ireland –  Concourse)

SC200B Use the clues to solve the ultimate Earth Science puzzle as you journey through the world of water, rocks and continents. Learn about the wonderful world of phytoplankton, run experiments for ocean acidification, dig for dinosaurs, and discover the amazing world of sand and rivers. 45 mins


Capacity 10

Age 6+

10.00 : 11.00 : 12.00 : 14.00 : 15.00 : 16.00
The Physics Buskers

Institute of



‘Irish Science on Stage’ team a collaboration between the Institute of Physics in Ireland and CASTeL at Dublin City University.

Be amazed by demonstrations of Archimedes Law of Forces, windmills, rockets, and much, much more!

Take a few minutes and you can even make a simple musical instrument to take home. For further information see www.physicsbusking.ie  Audience participation is essential

Parents & Children Buskers
3D Digital Design by WhizzKids AC201  

Learn how to create your own 3D house/castle. This workshop is ideal for people that prefer logic and process oriented projects as well as those with an interest in creativity and design. It allows projects to be brought to life in a new and exciting manner.

Children only    Suitable ages 10-14


45 mins

11.00 : 12.00 : 13.00 : 15.00 : 16.00
Fantastic DNA AC202  

The Fantastic DNA! Workshop has 2 discovery activities based around DNA, the key molecule to life. Participants will extract DNA from a banana and build a DNA model! Fantastic DNA is supported by a SFI Discover award.

Parents & children   Suitable ages 6+

30 mins

11.30 : 12.30 : 13.30 : 15.30 : 16.30
Little Cells AC203  

A great session introducing young children to the concept of cells through playing visual and tactile games to discover the human body and some of the cells that it is made of. Children will make their own cell from jumping clay and take it home!

Children only   Suitable ages 4 – 8 years old


30 mins


Capacity 35

11.30 : 12.30 : 13.30 : 15.30 : 16.30
Sirius Science


Kirwan Theatre  

New to 2017

We will begin our celestial journey by visiting the International Space Station to observe how astronauts live, and work, on-board this incredible man-made facility which is whizzing around Planet Earth.  Then join us on a voyage to see the beginning of the Solar System and witness our star, The Sun, burst into life and much much more.

Parents & children – All ages


45 mins

12.30 : 14.00 : 15.15 : 16.30
Your beautiful Biased Brain by James Soper

(presenter of Bend it Like Beckham & Science of the Circus)

Anderson Theatre New to 2017

The world you see is not how it seems learn out the weird and wonderful workings of our brains and behaviour. Be prepared to have your mind warped and your world turned, quite literally, upside down.


Parents & children   All ages


60 mins

12.15 : 13.45 : 15.15 : 16.30
ReelLIFE Science Cinema Larmor Theatre You are cordially invited to the premiere screening of the best Short Science Movies produced by community groups and primary and secondary school students this year. Each three minute video explores a different aspect of science and technology, including forensics, virtual reality, our immune system and hot air balloons, in an entertaining and imaginative way. More information can be found at www.reellifescience.com/news. Parents & children – All ages


40 mins

11.00 : 12.00 : 13.00 : 15.00 : 16.00 : 17.00
3D Tour of the Universe D’Arcy Thompson Theatre  

NUI Galway centre for Astronomy will offer 3D Tours of the Universe, which will take the audience on a trip from earth to nearby starts, across our galaxy to groups of starts finally through to the whole Universe.


20 Mins 11.00; 11.30; 12.00; 12.30; 13.00; 13.30; 14.00;14.30; 15.00; 15.30; 16.00; 16.30

Geography Rooms – Blue Zone
The Arty Scientist G213 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


Parents & children – 6+


20 mins


15 participants



Open door –11.30 : 12.30 : 13.30 : 15.30 : 16.30
Astronomy Board Game – Let’s Create Science Games Together! G214 New to 2017

Participants will play an astronomy board game and they will have the opportunity to learn about elements of game systems, complete a number of hands-on activities, physical game design exercises to create science board/card games, play the games created by other participants, and have them play yours.


Aged 7+

One Hour

Timing: 11.00, 12,00, 14,00, 15.00, 16,00
Mission to Mars: Operation green fingers G215 New to 2017

NASA is currently looking into the possibility of humans living in space. You are an Astrobiologist part of the team looking into the creation of new crops to grow on other planets. By learning about conditions on Mars, and life adaptions to extreme environments, you will design plants that can live outside of Earth! Sponsored by Biochemical Society and the Galway Science & Technology Festival.


Parents & children – 10+


30 min

11.30 : 12.30 : 13.30 : 15.30 : 16.30
Exploring Under the Microscope G216 An interactive session to introduce children to microscopes and their use to discover the world around us. Children will investigate insects and spiders and what tools they use to walk on walls!

Supported by a SFI Discover award.

Parents & children – ages 5+

30 mins

30 participants

11.30 : 12.30 : 13.30 : 15.30 : 16.30