Galway Science & Technology Virtual Festival has a very exciting school programme of events for 2020

This year’s Festival will be a virtual event with many workshops and experiments brought to your classroom online.  The theme for National Science Week this year is ‘Choosing your Future’ and we are working with all our sponsors and partners to ensure it is an exciting, fun filled two weeks of education, demonstrations, workshops, shows and talks with the aim to inspire young people to learn about this amazing world around us!

How can you get involved?

There are many ways that schools can get involved. We hope to offer all schools the opportunity to participate and we encourage schools to arrange your own STEM related events and share your photos and videos with us.

Primary Schools: We have made arrangements for a workshop for every primary school in Galway city & county.  You don’t need to do anything, we will send it to your school.

One of two workshops:

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.

Mysterious Microbes by Scientific Sue: 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.

Galway Atlantaquaria Video Series:  We are delighted to advise that we have come to an arrangement with Galway Atlantaquaria to allow access to all schools for the period of the Festival to their newly commissioned five video series.  Details to follow.

Superhero Talk:  Barry Fitzgerald will give a live link talk about all the students favourite Superheroes.

Secondary Schools:  We have an excellent coding workshop for Transition Year Students by Whizzkids, please email to if your school is interested. 

We are building a library of Career Stories from young scientists and engineers that we hope will be really helpful when students are trying to decide on their choices for CAO.

We will email as more details become available.