Centre for the Advancement of Learning of Maths, Science and Technology at Waterford Institute of Technology

Calmast, led by Sheila Donegan and Eoin Gill, was established in 2003 at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) to promote STEM. This followed considerable activity by WIT staff since the mid 1990s in promoting science and engineering on a national and international level. We have reached hundreds of thousands of people with science supplements, publications, STEM events and activities. Together with Waterford City and County Council, industry groups and schools we aim at developing Ireland’s Southeast as a Science Region with Waterford as the gateway city. Events include the Robert Boyle Science Festival (as part of National Science Week), Waterford Engineering Week (as part of National Engineers Week), the Robert Boyle Summer School and the Bealtaine Festival Celebrating Our Living Earth which incorporates International Day for Biological Diversity in May. In 2006, we founded Maths Week Ireland - the largest festival of its kind in the world: We have also participated in many international STEM festivals in Korea, China, Poland, Italy, Portugal, Czech Republic and the UK. Eoin Gill and Sheila Donegan are the only Irish recipients of the Descartes Award for Science Communication. They received the Engineers Ireland Inaugural Award for Science, Engineering and Technology Awareness in 2007.

Mission: We promote science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and we aim at developing Ireland’s Southeast as a Science Region.

Traditional Easter Celebration

It's almost Easter! Here's a couple of crafty ideas that will get you into the right spirit 🐣🐇🌸
Happy Easter!
#mathsathome #StayAtHome #EasterAtHome
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Great fun! Hope we get more of this again later in the year!
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Look at the fun you can have with 1 litre of water, 100ml of washing up liquid and 10 drops of glycerine, some sticks and twine. Ye're super bubble makers girls! Thank you for sharing the photos Iwona. It reminds me of the fun we had with Bubbly Heaven and Calmast a few years ago.

Tipp libraries are helping to make PPE for healthcare workers Tipperary County Council Library Service tested this design on the Library Service 3D printers and Library staff were able to produce a successful visor headband that meets the Engineers Ireland specification.

The Sea Gardener

DO go out tonight - there's a Supermoon on the rise :-) #pinkmoon #supermoon #springtide #creedanceclearwaterrevival

5 little monkeys...
For today's #mathsathome challenge find your #FridayFive at home or close to home!
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5 little monkeys...
For today's #mathsathome challenge find your #FridayFive at home or close to home!
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Waterford City and County Libraries

Nice one! Lovely idea for #DaffodilDay by Waterford City and County Libraries and Dungarvan Team!

‪Check out our 3D printer in action today at Dungarvan Library in honour of #digitaldaffodilday! ‬
‪To donate text daffodil to 50300 to donate €4 to Irish Cancer Society or donate online.‬

Such an abundance of spring everywhere! We discovered those on our daily #socialdistancing #physicaldistancing lunchtime walk.
Show us your #signsofspring 🌸🌼🌺
#workingfromhome #workingfromhomechallenge #springiscoming #springishere #welovespring
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In these challenging times most of us #StayAtHome or go for #SocialDistancing walks. It’s also a time to appreciate the small things: #signsofspring are everywhere and we’d like you to share your pics with us! Tag friends to join and show us your favourite #signsofspring!

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United Nations Decade on Biodiversity

We’re celebrating #WorldWaterDay today!
A couple of weeks ago a group of amazing TY students from schools in Waterford, Tipperary, Wexford and Kilkenny developed an engineering workshop about clean water, explaining water treatment and sustainability. We hope we can bring this to you soon during Bealtaine Biodiversity Festival but for now we’d like to encourage everyone to use water efficiently, reasonably and thoughtfully. It’s a precious resource!
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Happy #WorldWaterDay! 💦

This year we're focusing on water & #ClimateChange. By using water more efficiently, we can reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that drive #GlobalWarming. We all have a role to play!

▶️See the message from Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, Acting Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Jerry Purpdrank

Now here’s some inspiration and a true challenge for all staying at home! Brilliant engineering well applied 👍
#STEMathome #stayathome

The part where they used cell phones is genius...🍋😧
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Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens Tramore

Great initiative! The Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens Tramore are an absolute must to visit! It's amazing what gems we have right here on our doorstep in the South-East.
The last two years, Keith has brought us on fantastic tours through the gardens as part of the Bealtaine Biodiversity Festival and we're still hoping to run this year's festival from 16 to 24 May - a reduced version most likely plus online events and activities.
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Please enjoy a FREE ONLINE TOUR OF OUR GARDENS with our Tour Guide - Keith Guinan in advance of your visit. The gardens ARE OPEN and it is a beautiful space for a stroll in the peace and tranquility of our Japanese Gardens. There is plenty of open space to enable Social Distancing (please adhere to HSE regulation). The Office is not open and no handling of money will be in place. However we do have a donation box out and all donations are welcome to help towards the maintenance of the gardens at this difficult time, but not compulsory. First and foremost we are happy that you spend a relaxing time in our stunning gardens during these anxious weeks. Please enjoy Keith's online tour and you are very welcome to visit any day from 11.00am - 4.00pm. Total Gardens Ireland
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Waterford Institute of Technology

Great resource pack developed by our colleagues at the School of Humanities! Not just senior cycle students will learn a lot on 👍😊

Exploring Waterford's Magdalene Heritage: An activity & resource pack for senior cycle students launched last week is available on

Happy St Patrick's Day everyone!
It won't be the same this year but keep in mind that staying safe and taking care of each other has absolute priority.
So why not engage in some #STEM activities at home?
We'll keep you posted on more things to do over the coming days and weeks.
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Analytical Chemistry Techniques

This 3D medical animation explains what a pandemic is, rates of infection and ways to protect against infections. It also delves into the biology and mechanism of action (MoA) that coronavirus uses to infect and destroy human cells. Though the exact MoA for this coronavirus is not known.

We're facing unprecedented times at the moment. After extended discussions we have to decided to keep going and, for now, plan ahead for Bealtaine 2020. We will update this page and our website regularly. Please note that the programme is subject to change in light of future advice from our public health services and events may be cancelled at short notice.
Thank you all for your understanding, please remember the priorities are to keep safe, be kind and support each other. We'd also like to thank all our supporters who made this festival possible in the past and, all going well, in the future.
See Bealtaine Biodiversity Festival for details.

Great initiative and something to do while staying at home!

Biodiversity can be found everywhere, including our gardens! So why not keep an eye out for a handful of species selected for our #BackyardBiodiversity recording scheme which may be beginning to stir in the coming weeks - you may have even spotted some of these species already this year!

If you spot any of our selected 20 species in your #backyard, use this recording form to report your wildlife sightings:

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Mathematical Solution for Covid-19 Cabin Fever Get your brain in gear with these maths activities for Maths Week 2020 and check out the new puzzles that will be added over the coming days and weeks

Maths Week Ireland

Help us celebrate the 1st International Day of Mathematics tomorrow, solve Simultaneous Equations simultaneously, play Targetboards and mathematical entertainment galore on
Join in and post with hashtag #idm314 #IUSEMATHS

Maths Week Ireland

With less than seven hours to the 1st International Day of Mathematics, why not check out some of the puzzles and activities on
join in and post with hashtag #idm314 #IUSEMATHS

Youth Action for Life

Looks fantastic! Well done all! And what a sunny day you got for that ☀️

Absolutely delighted with how our second week went. We designed a maths, geography and sports trail which we tested out on the two fifth class groups from St Saviours NS today. During the hour and a quarter we carried out a survey, calculated area, completed various maths problems, learned about angles, lines, shapes, speed, percentages and fractions. We also used our class to get children out and active and walked ran and stretched our bodies!! We used compasses to find our way around and drew bar charts to present our results. And the weather cooperated too!!! Maybe we could measure wind speed and temperature too the next time. This is week two of our five week programme designed by our Young Social Innovators to help promote global, national and local goals Healthy Waterford Global Goals for Sustainable Development Healthy Ireland. Appreciate the support of Waterford Sports Partnership who are helping us to access rowing machines for week four and five and Calmast who helped us tweak our lesson plan for today. We are really happy that they think other schools could role out our programme too! Nice vote of confidence!! Looking forward to building on what we have covered in the last two weeks in our third session where we access and use local amenities of Waterford Council and make use of the permanent Waterford Orienteers course in the people’s park to consolidate and extend our geography maths and sports programme!

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Mary Doyle-Kent connecting with over 200 young women in Loreto Secondary School Wexford and Presentation Wexford over the last two days!

Thank you for the warm welcome on #EngineersWeek2020 ⭐️

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REMEMBER the CLOSING DATE for receipt of entry forms to [email protected] 2020 is this FRIDAY!

Go to and fill out your entry form.

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#EngineersWeek2020 🎉

Engineers Ireland & Engineers Ireland South-East Region & Local Government Division invite you to our event in Wexford on Saturday 7th March.

“An Engineering History of the Wexford Slob lands & the use of Remote Sensory Telemetry for data acquisition on Wildfowl distribution”

@IrelandEast All Welcome!
11:00 Saturday, 7 March 2020
Wexford Wildfowl Reserve/Pump House, North Slob Lands, Wexford.

For more details ➡️

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The WIT Engineering Quiz is on Fri. March 6th, 11:30am – 1:30pm. Suited to 5th yr and TY, this is a fun quiz based on STEM and General Knowledge; it highlights the skills required to be an engineer and promises to be lively and enjoyable. for booking

ESERO Ireland-Space Careers Roadshow at Waterford Institute of Technology Arena - BCO: CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory

Get a taste of the exciting opportunities that a STEM career in Space has to offer, the ESERO Ireland-Space Careers Roadshow is in WIT Thur March 5th, 9:30am – 12:30pm. Booking Form For Engineers Week 2020 Waterford Institute of Technology will host an ESERO Ireland Space Career Roadshow in conjunction with Science Foundation Ireland, and CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory.


Prepare to be Awesome!


@Irish Science Teachers Association #Believeinscience #ISEF

Well done everyone! Looking forward to seeing you at SciFest at Waterford Institute of Technology in May!

Well done to all participants at [email protected] in @abbeycommunitycollegeofficial in Waterford yesterday. This was Abbey Community College's first [email protected] fair and the projects were fantastic!
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WIT Engineering Secondary Schools Team Challenge (for TY) takes place Wed. March 4th, 9:30am – 3:15pm – this year marks World Engineering Day for sustainable development. Check our website for booking details


Only a few days left folks!

Closing date for receipt of entry forms to [email protected] 2020 is 6 March

Don't be left out! It's free and there are 16 regional venues.
More than 10,000 second level students participated in SciFest 2019.

Guys that's brilliant! Fantastic job everyone! Looks like you're having good fun too! We're absolutely delighted to be part of this project and are looking forward to keeping up the good work we're doing together :)
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Our YSI team have developed a paired programme designed to promote activity through a STEAM programme. The programme is design to link elements of Geography, Sport and Maths in a programme delivered by TY to a fifth class group. Week one focused on Volcanos and included a body representation of extinct, dormant and active volcanos and used a tarsia quiz ( lots of shapes fitting together!) to reinforce the learning. Well done team! Next week we will have our Maths Trail!!! Young Social Innovators Calmast

Electric Devices – Make and Take. March 2nd to 5th
In this workshop (for 5th/6th class primary) students learn about electricity and electric devices. At the end of the workshop, participants get to take their devices home!
Check out for booking details

Engineering for a Sustainable Future! March 2nd-4th
Nearly 900M people don’t have safe drinking water and many die because of this. Learn how Engineers work hard to find solutions for the developing world. Check for details (5th/6th class primary)

Engineers Week - Structures Workshop - March 2nd to 4th
Students (5th/6th class primary) learn about structures, how they stay up and what keeps them together, they will be challenged to build certain structures using very simple materials. for details

Good to be at the Education Awards Ireland today with WIT Centre for Technology-Enhanced Learning and Waterford Institute of Technology Marketing Office 😊 #educationawards Science Foundation Ireland

Best of luck to all representing WIT at the Education Awards tonight, especially those working on the Online Higher Diploma in Computer Science 🤞

"We are lucky to have such a phenomenal 3rd level college on our doorstep: Waterford Institute of Technology"
Today's #tuesdaythoughts take us 5 weeks back to our #STEMreach careers day at St Saviour's National School: Aimee O Sullivan and Sarah Wade from EirGen Pharma showed what working in clinical affairs actually means and discussed their careers in STEM with St Saviour's 6th class pupils and Newtown School Waterford transition year students. Since November 2019, the students and pupils have been exploring cancer, cancer research and cancer treatment and also the role of pharmaceutical companies in that in a peer-learning project called Paired Science.
Have a look at their fantastic photo wall showcasing their day at WIT!
#SouthEastSTEM #STEMeducation #learningaboutcancer Science Foundation Ireland

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