2019 Galway Science & Technology Festival

Secondary School Shows and Workshops

Superheroes in the Marvel and DC films are capable of extraordinary superhuman feats. Supergirl can effortlessly lift cars, trains and aeroplanes; Tony Stark can fly around New York City in an Iron Man suit; Spider-Man can climb walls; and Captain Marvel can fire energy blasts from her arms. But how likely is it that we’ll be able to replicate these superpowers in the future?

In the Secrets of Superhero Science, you will explore the science behind the superpowers of some of your favourite superheroes. You will learn about genetic mutations and the X-Men, the advanced eyesight of Hawkeye, the possibility of shrinking in size just like Ant-Man and the Wasp, the advanced technologies in the Iron Man suit, and real-life superpower-like technologies such as bullet-proof spider silk human skin! In addition, you’ll learn how we might manage superpowers and decide who gets to use them in the future.

Are you ready to unlock the Secrets of Superhero Science?

 

DATE

9th – 20th November, 2020
PLATFORM

Pre-record Video

LOCATION

Online

DURATION

30 mins

AGE

TY students

GROUP

per class

TO BOOK: School Booking Form

The team at WhizzKids have been busy creating 16 different tech courses, covering everything from Animation to Web Design, Game Development to Machine Programming, etc. These online courses are all designed & recorded by experienced teachers, however, the teachers have been transformed into their ‘avatars’ and animated to present the lessons in a more engaging fashion for students. We believe that this new online learning platform will be the first of its kind in the world, not only for its methodology but also for its content. Other online platforms teaching IT normally restrict content to coding lessons, ignoring the more creative aspects of technology. WhizzKids.io on the other hand, blends the creative aspects of technology with more traditional aspects of coding to help children develop a full suite of digital skills.

WhizzKids will set up individual accounts for each participating student, listed under their teacher’s account. This means that the Learning Management System will keep track of your students’ progress as they develop tech skills in a range of areas. The students earn badges & XP points as they progress through the programmes & we can show a Leader board, which keeps them motivated. They will also earn Certificates of Completion once they have finished each course, so they could use these for their school portfolios.

The lessons can be accessed anytime, anywhere as long as they have internet access, so the show can go on even in the event of another lockdown. Another benefit, from a teacher’s point of view, is that there are reporting tools inbuilt, so that teachers can monitor the progress of their students.

The 3D Design Challenge is to recreate the Galway Cathedral in 3D using SketchUp. Students can learn how to use this software free of charge on the Academy.

DATE

9th to 20th November, 2020

TIME

Week long project based workshop

LOCATION

Laptops

AGE

Transition Year Students

GROUP

15 students

To book: please use the school booking form

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

DATE

9th to 20th November, 2020

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.

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.

Participants will be brought on a wonderful interactive guided Virtual Reality journey to see, to hear and to interact with students and staff of the Insight Centre of Data Analytics as they present their technology projects within a computer-generated simulated university lecture hall, followed by a visit to a technology heritage room to look at iconic electronic business, communications and games devices from the Computer and Communications Museum of Ireland, then to view displays of ‘Data Muses’ on the theme of art in data, and finally walk through a gallery dedicated to research in areas such as Smart Cities, Connected Health and Climate Change.

DATE

13th,17th, 19th  November, 2020

TIME

1 hour per workshop

FORMAT

Live Online by video link

AGE

12+

GROUP

30 students at a time

To register contact Brendan Smith at brendan.b.smith@nuigalway.ie

 

Using Data Science to collect and analyse the stories and images of the past for present and future generations through the local community and schools-based BEO Fadó Fado online local heritage archives initiative.

This project will provide workshops on how to alter, enhance and colour photographs on free open source software as well as on how to record historical material to allow for the extraction of knowledge and insights through data analytics.

DATE

19th & 26th  November, 2020

TIME

10am – 12pm

FORMAT

Live Online by video link

AGE

primary/secondary schools and local community heritage groups

GROUP

30 students at a time

To register contact Marie Mannion at mmannion@galwaycoco.ie

The Computer and Communications Museum of Ireland, in conjunction with the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics NUI Galway, will host a coding workshop using BASIC with mentoring that includes some of the same people involved in similar workshops that took place in schools, colleges and computer clubs in Galway during the early 1980s!

DATE

  November, 2020

TIME

1 – 2.30pm

FORMAT

Live Online by video link

AGE

Open to schools, coding clubs and general public

GROUP

To book email events@galwayscience.ie 

The arrival of social distancing due to Covid-19 made many of us aware of the importance of the width and condition of local footpaths.

Are Irish footpaths accessible? Accessible to whom? Different people have different needs when navigating footpaths.

In order to address these questions and learn how to map the accessibility of footpaths, the Crowd4Access team at the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics are inviting the public to take part in a set of two mapping (Part 1 & 2) workshops

DATE

Monday, 09/11 from 7pm-8pm (Part 1)

Tuesday, 10/11 from 7pm-8pm (Part 1)

Saturday, 13/11 from 10am-12pm (Part 2)

Monday, 16/11 from 7pm-8pm (Part 1)

Tuesday, 17/11 from 7pm-8pm (Part 2)

TIME

FORMAT

Live Online by video link

AGE

Open to community groups, schools and general public

GROUP

To register visit: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/crowd4access-mapping-workshop-registration-126046916721?aff=internal

How many legs does a tarantula have? What happens if you get stung by a giant scorpion? Can a python crush your bones? Here you will find the answers to these questions -and many others! Join the NUI Galway Bug Doctor and discover some of his fascinating animals : a golden knee tarantula, a giant Asian forest scorpion, giant African millipedes, spiny-leg stick insects from Papua New Guinea, a large Burmese python and meet Kenge, a Tegu lizard from Argentina, whose bite could cut your fingers in half !

DATE

 9th – 20th November, 2020

TIME

20 mins

FORMAT

Video by private link

AGE

Second Level Schools

To book

Video links have been circulated to all second level schools