2021 Galway Science & Technology Festival

Secondary School Career Talks

The Galway Science & Technology Festival is delighted to bring you a series of Career Talks by Engineers and Scientists from local companies for Transition Year and Senior Secondary School students.  The aim of the talks will be to encourage students to consider science, technology, engineering and Maths (STEM) for their future careers and choose subjects in these fields for their third level or post school certificate courses.

In particular the talks will focus on the individual career stories the engineers and scientists have to share – what their impression of STEM careers was when they were in school; what were their favourite subjects; what courses they choose for third level and where they are today and what that day to day experience looks like.  We will aim to educate and inform the students about careers in Med Tech and Technology companies and endeavour to give a brief introduction to understand what Computer Science courses involve. 

We are offering these talks to all secondary schools in Galway city and county and the talks will be arranged on a first come basis but we will endeavour to meet all demand.  The talks will take place by video link and to encourage students to get their thinking caps on – there will be a fantastic prize for the best question.

To book please complete the booking form below and in you have a preference for a particular company, please include the name of the company in the comments box.

Get your students ready to be inspired about their future career and the fantastic opportunities that they can avail of.

If you have any questions please email schools@galwayscience.ie and we will be happy to answer.

Secondary School Workshops & Shows

There are a number of workshops and shows for your students

The Program of Events include:

  • Workshops for school visits include the Bug Doctor with Dr Michel Dugon; Coding workshops by Whizzkids and Corrib Kids Coding.  
  • STEM and Design thinking for TY students by STEMBook, supported by online video content.
  • Shows by Declan Holmes and Dr Barry Fitzgerald to visit your school.
  • School Tours to Brigit’s Garden for the Discover Nature’s Power workshop.

Please ensure to book by Friday 15th October.

The booking details vary, for all the details go to the individual information tabs below.

Medtronic Galway is a centre of excellence for the development and manufacture of products for the treatment and management of cardiovascular and cardiac rhythm diseases.  The site includes a Customer Innovation Centre of Excellence that provides state of the art facilities for physicians and Medtronic engineers to work together to develop new therapies to improve patient care.  Medtronic came to Galway in 1999 when it acquired AVE and formerly CR Bard, which originally setup in Galway in 1982.  They currently employ over 3,000 people in Galway and 250 people in Research and Development.  

Medtronic has been committed to STEM engagement with schools for the past 20 years through their sponsorship of the Galway Science and Technology Festival. The company also runs various programs to support STEM at all levels through school visits, CO-OP programs, Internships and University partnerships.

 Come and talk to a few Engineers and Scientists from Medtronic on their career journey. Hear how they went from choosing their subjects at secondary level and the influence that had on their third level choices to how they now apply those skills in the MedTech industry.

DATE

To be agreed with each school
PLATFORM

Video link

LOCATION

Live Online by video link

DURATION

1 hour

AGE

TY & senior level secondary school students

GROUP

unlimited

TO BOOK: Complete the School Booking Form.

Fidelity Investments came to Galway in 2007 and is based in Parkmore East Business Park, where they employ over 300 people.  The Galway operation is responsible for the company’s technology research, services and operations. 

Fidelity Investments is very committed to encouraging students to becoming engineers and supports a number of local STEM initiatives including partnering with the Mercy School, Tuam to provide support and guidance to students undertaking the new Leaving Certificate Computer Science curriculum. By delivering STEM-based educational programs to students across the country in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland, Fidelity’s volunteers have impacted over 1,700 students across 29 schools in the last year, helping to inspire the next generation of STEM stars.

Fidelity Ireland is equally committed to effecting sustainable change for women in STEM as supported by Fidelity’s CSR program, Fidelity Cares. We deliver a wide range of successful STEM-focused initiatives encouraging female participation in STEM at all stages of education and careers. As testament to this commitment, we are delighted to report over 70% of our incoming Root2STEM participants are female.

DATE

To be agreed with schools

TIME

1 hour

LOCATION

Live Online by video link

AGE

Transition Year & Senior Level Secondary School Students

GROUP

Unlimited

To book: please use the school booking form

Genesys is a cloud-based software service focused on Customer Service and Sales and delivers more than 70 billion remarkable customer experiences for organizations in over 100 countries. Through the power of the cloud and AI, our technology connects every customer moment across marketing, sales and service on the web, mobile, voice and messaging, while also improving employee experiences.

Genesys first established its presence in Galway in 2018 when it acquired local start-up Altocloud. Since then the team has expanded to over 180 staff and growing, with roles spanning software development, cloud computing, DevOps, AI and user experience.

 Genesys are committed to encouraging students to follow a path in computer science with an emphasis on equality, diversity and inclusion especially targeting the male-female gender gap.

DATE

To be confirmed with each school

TIME

1 hour

FORMAT

Live Online by video link

AGE

TY & senior level secondary school students

GROUP

Unlimited

TO BOOK: please use school booking form.

MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software. MATLAB, the language of engineers and scientists, is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation. Simulink is a block diagram environment for simulation and Model-Based Design of multidomain and embedded engineering systems. Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on these products to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development in automotive, aerospace, communications, electronics, industrial automation, and other industries. MATLAB and Simulink are also fundamental teaching and research tools in the world’s universities and learning institutions, used by used by students, educators, and researchers around the world in more than 5000 colleges and universities.

Founded in 1984, MathWorks employs more than 5000 people in 31 offices around the world, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, USA. MathWorks solutions are used by more than 3 million users in more than 180 countries.  For additional information, visit mathworks.com.

Visit Brigit’s Garden and enjoy this workshop which is suitable for all post-primary and youth groups including CSPE Action Projects and TY students as it incorporates all key skills for Junior and Senior Cycle.

  • Explore Climate Change, Energy and Global Citizenship
  • Experiment with solar, hydro and wind technologies
  • Improve teamwork, communications and critical thinking

The Programmes last three hours and are all-weather, with a range of indoor facilities and covered areas for wet weather. However, participants are advised to dress appropriately for the changeable Irish weather.

“It was really interesting to know how much energy we can produce and how much we need, for example, to make toast. I also liked planting seeds and generating power, because it was hands-on and we got to do stuff for ourselves.”
 
TY students, St. Pauls Secondary School, Oughterard, Co. Galway

DATE

8th – 19th November

Format

Onsite workshop

LOCATION

Brigit’s Garden, Rosscahill

DURATION

3 hours

AGE

Secondary School students

For more information or to book a workshop at Brigit’s Garden please contact Brigit’s Garden Environmental Education Officer at education@brigitsgarden.ie or call on 091 550 905.

From ideas to action. Problem solving, innovation, and critical thinking are essential skills to tackle complex global issues such as climate change. Our approach integrates STEM with Design and Systems Thinking to allow students to creatively tackle complex global issues and design innovative solutions. A positive solution focused approach helps students to embrace challenges and design towards an inclusive and sustainable future.

STEM Challenge: Affordable and Clean Energy

DATE

8th – 19th November

Format

Online workshop

LOCATION

In the classroom

DURATION

1 hour

AGE

Secondary School students

To book please complete the online booking form.

Corrib Kids Coding will host an hour-long workshop on artificial intelligence, looking at how machines learn and how AI is now widespread in everyday life. Students are encouraged to discuss examples of AI and explore the possibilities for AI in the future. During the workshop, students will work on 4-5 projects which examine the principles of AI and Machine Learning using Posenet and Teachable Machine. 

DATE

8th – 19th November

FORMAT

In school workshop

LOCATION

In the classroom

DURATION

1 hour

AGE

Secondary School students

To book email corribcodingkids@gmail.com

With the schools permission, Declan Holmes would be delighted to bring his amazing Science Show to your school.

Choose a Science Show below and tell us in the Comment Box of the Booking Form which should you would like.

Each show is 60 minutes in length apart fromt the Rocket Show, which is 90 minutes.

Physics Show
Hands-on science show where students participate in activities and demonstrations. Flight, rockets, pressure, waves and sound are among the topics covered in this interactive learning experience. Students are encouraged to get involved in launching rockets, playing songs and making waves.

Rocket Workshop
Houston, we have lift off!  This exciting and challenging workshop simulates a realistic launch experience. Find out about the history and science of rockets, followed by teams of students designing, building and launching their own water rockets.

Space Show
This exciting show will take students on a tour of the 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 its size or if Mars crashed into Earth.

Planet Champion – Climate Change Show
We will look at the problem of climate change by exploring how our activities create excessive greenhouse gases. We will explore the science behind our changing climate by launching hot air balloons and making infrared waves in the audience. The aim of the workshop is to show the solutions to the climate crisis and to make changes for a better future.

DATE

15th – 19th November

FORMAT

In school 

LOCATION

School Hall

DURATION

1 hour or 1.5 hours for the Rocket Show

AGE

Secondary School students

CAPACITY PER SHOW

60 Students per show

To book please complete the booking form

What do Tony Stark, Rey Skywalker, Shuri, and Peter Parker all have in common? Of course, they are all fictional characters, but they have something else in common – they are all innovators and creators who use their technical
backgrounds to craft their futures.

One thing that we can say with certainty is that the future remains to be written, and in technology and science, the possibilities are endless. In this talk, you’ll learn about some of these possibilities and how they could be inspired by the adventures of popular culture characters.

‘Will you ever fly exactly like Tony Stark can in the Iron Man suit?’, ‘Could you ever reach lightspeed like the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars?’, and ‘How can you make sure that you build ethical superhero technologies in the future?’ are just some of the questions that will be answered in this talk.

Your future is not set in stone, so it’s time to learn how to create the technological future that you want.

Barry would be delighted to come to your school for the day and give three talks to your students and also answer any questions they may have.  He would also be delighted if students would like to pitch their science ideas to him – students may have projects for the BT Young Scientist or just live in general.

DATE

16th – 19th November

FORMAT

In school 

LOCATION

School Hall or Classroom

DURATION

1 hour 

AGE

Secondary School students

CAPACITY PER SHOW

Up to 40 students per show

To book please complete the booking form

WhizzKids Training have been delivering tech workshops to Irish Students since 2003 and we are delighted that for this year’s Galway Science & Technology Festival they can deliver workshops in person at your school or virtually over the net.
Choose a virtual lesson for any double period on your timetable or they can visit your school and work with two of your classes, taking each for a three hour hands-on workshop. They don’t even need a computer room, as they have a laptop for everyone in the audience.
Workshop options include HTML/CSS Web Design, Computer Game Design and Coding, 3D Digital Design, or Microbit Programming.
For more information about Whizzkids visit  https://whizzkids.ie/ or https://www.whizzkids.io/
Don’t delay, there is a limited number of workshops available and these book out every year.

DATE

8th – 19th November

FORMAT

Video link or a School Visit 

LOCATION

School Classroom

DURATION

2 hours Virtual or 3 hours in person 

AGE

Secondary School students

To book email email info@whizzkids.ie or call 061 339178 to discuss your needs and book your sessions

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

8th – 19th November Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday

FORMAT

School Visit 

LOCATION

School Classroom or Hall

DURATION

1 hour x 3 

AGE

Secondary School students

To book please complete the booking form below