Join us as we take you on a virtual tour of Galway Atlantaquaria. Based over six episodes, discover the animals that live in the aquarium and ways we are connected to our rivers, seas and ocean. Get your pens and paper ready and test your knowledge in the ‘Think Tank’ and use our school worksheets to guide your exploration and discovery.

 

The tour includes:

River to the Sea

Learn about some of Ireland’s freshwater fish with Pete and Amanda. They will follow the rivers journey across the land, through streams and lakes where it finally meets the sea at the estuary.

Discover why some of these animals have handy whiskers on their chins and why the thick lipped mullet are…. So thick lipped!

 

Coastal Waters

Join Padraic and Anna as they take a look at the fish who live the closest to us, on the seashore and in coastal harbours and bays. Meet some of our native Irish sharks and learn about their lives, from eggs to adulthood and discover why the seabass love to live among the wild waves along our coast.

 

Oceans

Dive into the ocean depths with Nóirín and Ian to uncover what is lurking in the deeper, darker areas of our ocean. Discover some of Ireland’s native sharks and ray species and take a look at some of the most colourful fish in the aquarium, the beautiful Wrasse.

 

Tropical Waters

Follow Matt and Padraic as they discover some of the fish who prefer a warmer climate. Learn about the Piranha and uncover some unusual habits of the Cichlids while in the freshwater zone. Meet our beautiful seahorses and learn about a plot twist in Finding Nemo in the tropical marine section!

 

 Marine Heritage and Culture

Join Nóirín, Garry & Anna to learn about how we celebrate our rich maritime culture and heritage through stories, language and art. Learn about our ancient Bog Boat and the beautiful Galway Hooker and follow Garry’s creative tale of Galway’s mythical Island of Hy Brasil.

 

Ocean Connections and Care

Celebrate the ocean with Jovita, Garry, Anna, Matt, Padraic and Nóirín. Learn about how we are all connected to the ocean and why it is vital to life on our planet. Discover actions we can each make in our daily lives to help protect and care for our ocean.

DATE

12th to 20th November

Format

By Video

LOCATION

Classroom

DURATION

5 mins each

AGE

All ages

TO BOOK:  This will be available to all schools, details to access the videos will be emailed to teachers & schools

A talk, using state of the art interactive technology, discussing the connection between the moon and the tides

DATE

9th to 20th November, 2019

TIME

30 mins per show

FORMAT

Live Online by video link

AGE

12+

GROUP

30 students at a time

TO BOOK: please use school booking form.

Visualising the Invisible A highly interactive workshop teaching how to prevent microbial infections from spreading Yeast races : visualising biofilms and germs. Snot spatter experiment using fun, innovative and hands on activities plus UV Technology. Video and Online support with Scientific Sue.

This workshop will be automatically sent to schools, no need to book.

DATE

9th to 20th November, 2019

TIME

30 mins per workshop

FORMAT

Pre-record video

AGE

Primary school

GROUP

30 students at a time

 

Workshop Details

The exciting world of science is all around us! Energize, delivered in partnership with Gas Networks Ireland, encourages students to continue with science in second level education and beyond and introduces them to the career opportunities available to them in the future. Energize explores the world of science; health and wellbeing, forensics, energy, safety and light in a fun and exciting way.

Junior Achievement Ireland

Junior Achievement has a new virtual STEM programme for schools, which is available during the Galway Science Festival. The programme retains the benefit of traditional in-class Junior Achievement (JA) programmes while adding extra flexibility for both Junior Achievement volunteers and schools. Blended learning – combining traditional and digital methods, allows Junior Achievement STEM volunteers to facilitate the programme via classrooms’ interactive whiteboards. The programme, which is suitable for 5th and 6th class groups is generally delivered over 5 sessions of 30 – 40mins and is facilitated by STEM Industry volunteers, who are fully trained and vetted before commencing the programme.

DATE

9th to 20th November, 2019

TIME

  5 session of 30/40 mins per workshop

FORMAT

Live online

AGE

5th & 6th class Primary school

GROUP

30 students at a time

Schools can receive further information and sign up for the programme by emailing Ray Fogarty, Junior Achievement Ireland rfogarty@jai.ie

Solar Energy:  A ‘hands on’ investigation into renewable technologies such as wind, solar and fuel-cell energy transfer. Investigating the basis of electricity and circuits during this interactive workshop, students will also explore energy transfer, forces and engineering design processes.  The challenge is to design and make a colour-spinning machine or power a car of the future, using a clean-energy source. In addition to an increased understanding and awareness of climate change and alternative energy, participants also learn to strengthen critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

STEMBook – an online platform and resources designed to implement a premium STEM
experience through a series of challenges based around real world problem solving.
Founded by Tech Entrepreneur Brendan Morrissey and Education Specialist Michelle Maher.

This workshop will be automatically sent to schools, no need to book.

I’m a Cell EXPLORERS Scientist (www.cellexplorers.imascientist.ie) is an online chat activity where young people (aged 8-15 years old) can log on with their teachers and chat with Cell EXPLORERS volunteers about all things science!  

  • This activity is live & online – students log onto the website with their teachers in their classrooms   
  • Perfect for social distant engagement with scientists!  
  • Requires independent access to computers/tablets   
  • Each session lasts 40 minutes and is moderated by a Cell EXPLORERS staff member  
  • The chat session is text-based: students type questions into the online platform for the Cell EXPLORERS scientists to answer. No media can be shared.  
  • Each session has between 2-4 Cell EXPLORERS scientists to chat with  
  • Teachers and students can see all messages sent to and from the Cell EXPLORERS scientists  
  • Students can ask questions about science, the Cell EXPLORERS scientists’ research/course at college, their daily life as a scientist and their hobbies/interests.   

DATE

9th to 20th November, 2019

TIME

  40 mins per workshop

FORMAT

Live online

AGE

2nd class to 6th class Primary school

GROUP

30 students at a time

Corrib Kids Coding will hold virtual coding workshops with primary and secondary schools throughout Galway city and county to code a game called “Choose Your Future” with Scratch programming and Microsoft Makecode.  The workshops will be supported by volunteers from SAP.

DATE

9th to 20th November, 2019

TIME

FORMAT

Live online

AGE

5th & 6th class Primary school

GROUP

30 students at a time

 

“GMIT have taken a colourful approach to this year’s Science Festival. Primary school students will explore water density through creating their own liquid density rainbow and surface tension by using milk to create a funky colour palette. The students will also learn about plastic pollution as they view a range of colourful plastics found in seabirds which were found beached in Ireland and had eaten plastics at sea, mistaking it as food. Three videos and two experimental kits are included in the GMIT Colourful Science programme which has been put together by Dr. Karen Finn, Dr. Heidi Acampora and Dr. Katie O’Dwyer in the School of Science and Computing at GMIT”

Complete the booking form to request one.  (Limited supply)