Stand E1: Waterford Science Region

Call to the Ecozone where you can discover the wonders of science and technology, the ingenuity of engineering and the magic of maths in a fun and interactive way at the ever popular Waterford Science Region stand. Explore microbes and macro-invertebrates and meet Bengie and other robots. You can also have some fun with the Maths Week Ireland displays and you might even meet 17th century Irish scientist, Robert Boyle. Fun science shows will take place throughout each day.

The stand is coordinated by leading STEM centre, Calmast from Waterford Institute of Technology in cooperation with leading Waterford based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies Bausch & Lomb, Teva and Sanofi who are working together to make Waterford a Region of Science.
We are delighted to support the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition for the 15th year running.

Stand E2: Geologic Survey & Petroleum Affairs, Ireland

Underground Wonder

What’s underneath Ireland’s sea bed? How do I know if I’ve struck gold?
What makes the ground shake during an earthquake? Where is the oil and gas offshore Ireland?
The Underground Wonder stand is here to help you discover the world beneath our feet. Let us show you the tools and techniques that Ireland’s geoscientists use to investigate the secrets that lie under the earth’s surface and how they affect our daily lives!

Underground Wonder is brought to you by the Geological Survey Ireland and the Petroleum Affairs Division, both divisions of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. We are proudly joined by our partners from the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies and the National Museum of Ireland.

Stand E3: An Garda Siochana

The Garda Road Safety Unit

The Road Safety Unit’s overall aim is the reduction of road deaths and serious injuries and the improvement of road safety generally. The Unit, based in the Garda National Roads Policing Bureau and established in 2001, delivers presentations on Road Safety to a number of groups in the community including:-

• Schools and colleges
• Youth Clubs
• Local organisations
• Industry groups

The Unit’s presentation, It won’t happen to me, is mainly delivered to Transition Year students but can be adapted to cater for all audiences. It is a stand alone road safey presentation covering all the road safety ingredients including speed, alcohol, seatbelts, fatigue, distractions and consequences. It is delivered in a shock/ humorous manner and is designed to change attitudes and behaviour.

The Unit also provides Road safety information in the “Traffic Watch” segment of the Crimecall programme and at major public exhibitions such as The Young Scientist Exhibition, The National Ploughing Championships and a variety of car and motorcycle shows.

Stand E4: Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo…. Learn something new! Dublin Zoo, home to some 400 animals, is an environment where education and conservation combine for an exciting and unforgettable visitor experience. Dublin Zoo’s Discovery and Learning Department offers a range of exciting, interactive and structured educational programmes, workshops and resources, tailored to meet the specific needs of all groups. Our school programmes and primary outreach sessions are designed to support the curriculum while capturing the curiosity of your students in a stimulating environment. Meet our Discovery and Learning Team at Stand No: E4 for lots of fun and learning including bio facts, details about careers with animals and the chance to enter an exciting competition to win a class trip to Dublin Zoo! For more information on our education programmes call (01) 474 8932, email education@dublinzoo.ie or visit www.dublinzoo.ie

Stand E4A: W5

W5 is an award-winning science and discovery centre in Belfast, home to over 250 interactive exhibits that let you explore flight, weather, sound, levers, pulleys and so much more. As one of the top visitor attractions in Northern Ireland, W5 has been engaging visitors and educational groups with science, technology, engineering and mathematics for over fourteen years. Part of their achievements over that time is to have developed creative demonstration shows that really bring science to life! Why not drop by our stand to try out some of our favourite science tricks? Visit the W5 website at www.w5online.co.uk

Stand E5: Environmental Protection Agency

Come visit our stand to see our hovercraft and drone in action! Also find out about our new competition, “The Story of Your Stuff”. The Environmental Protection Agency’s mission is to protect and improve the environment as a valuable asset for the people of Ireland, and to protect our people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation and pollution.

Stand E6: Petroleum Infrastructure Programme

The Petroleum Infrastructure Programme is a government/industry/academic research initiative that reduces risk in hydrocarbon exploration and development activities offshore Ireland by developing Irish expertise in hydrocarbon exploration; funding hydrocarbon exploration research in Irish universities and other third level institutions; and encouraging collaboration between the hydrocarbon exploration industry and Irish researchers.

The objective of our participation in the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition is to promote the exciting activities and career opportunities in earth science, in particular in earth science research and the petroleum industry.

At our stand you will find rock samples recovered from 10,000ft below the seabed offshore Ireland; samples of crude oil and oil reservoir rocks; seismic sections of Ireland’s offshore geology; and plate tectonic animations.
Young Irish graduates will be on the stand to explain why they studied geology and describe a typical day in the life of an exploration geologist.

Stand E7: Young Scientists Tanzania

Young Scientists Tanzania (YST) is a unique event in East Africa, providing a platform for young people from across Tanzania to demonstrate their innovation and showcase their scientific talents. Schools participating in YST are supported through an extensive science outreach program. Teachers and students receive mentoring and practical advice on research and scientific methodologies.The centre-piece of YST is an annual exhibition which is modeled on the internationally acclaimed BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in Ireland.

Stand E8: WorldWise Global Schools (WWGS) & Gorta Self Help Africa

WorldWise Global Schools (WWGS) is the national programme for Development Education at post-primary level in Ireland. Through grant funding, tailored school visits, the Global Passport Award Scheme and an annual programme of events and training, WWGS works with schools across the country to embed Development Education into their teaching and learning, and to encourage students to understand and challenge the root causes of poverty and injustice. Gorta-Self Help Africa (GSHA) has a Development Education programme supporting secondary schools with interactive workshops and activities on themes like gender equality, poverty eradication and climate change. These activities are all designed to improve knowledge and understanding of the interdependent and unequal world in which we live. Both organisations sponsor the Science for Development Award-awarded for using science to address global inequality & injustice. More info at www.worldwiseschools.ie and www.selfhelpafrica.org/ie/education/

Stand E9: Irish Aid, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Irish Aid is the overseas aid programme of the Irish Government, and a leader in the fight against world hunger and poverty. Come and visit us this year in the EcoZone to view our displays, farming tools and produce, learn about our partner countries, and find out more about life for farming communities in Africa. Visitors to the Irish Aid stand can also sign up for African Drumming workshops, win prizes by taking part in our quiz, and get information about entering our annual Our World Awards, our Africa Day writing competition, and the Science for Development Award. We’ll also have information for teachers on how school groups can follow up on what they learn and get involved with Irish Aid.

Stand E10: Order of Malta

The Order of Malta Ambulance Corps is a voluntary ambulance and first aid organisation with over 4,000 volunteers involved in over 80 units across the Island of Ireland. We are a major provider of excellence in first aid training, ambulance cover at large events, patient transport, community care, nursing services and assistance to other charities in most of the major cities and towns across the island of Ireland. Caring for the community The Ambulance Corps is committed to providing caring services in a Christian, caring and non-discriminatory manner, to ‘Our Lords, the Poor and the Sick’. Order of Malta Ambulance Corps, providing excellent standards of first aid training, community care facilities and services, delivered by people who care, with quality assured standards of training. We operate over 165 ambulances, rapid response 4’s, mobile accident and emergency suites, support vehicles, medical bikes and command centres. Our headquarters also houses a command and control centre to coordinate vehicles and personnel in the event of a major incident. We are an entirely voluntary organisation and we receive no state funding. Should you have any queries or would be interested in joining us, come along and visit us at our stand.

Stand E11: The National Parks & Wildlife Service

The National Parks and Wildlife Service has responsibility for the protection and conservation of Ireland’s natural heritage and biodiversity at national government level. The NPWS stand in the EcoZone will have exhibits, information and other materials available plus a chance to meet with our staff to discuss activities and school programmes available within the NPWS.

Our Education & Visitor Centres
The NPWS operate a number of Education & Visitor Centres around the country offering various activities and learning opportunities aimed at teachers and students alike. Our Education Officers have designed a range of school programmes aimed at promoting awareness of, knowledge and an appreciation of our native flora, fauna and their habitats our biodiversity. Further information is available on www.npws.ie

Stand E12: 112 ECAS

112, the pan European emergency number to dial across 35 countries when you need an ambulance, fire brigade, police or coastguard.

With the increased frequency of travel across the EU, millions of people could be faced with this problem. Fortunately, there is no need to look up and remember the emergency numbers for each EU country you are visiting. Just remember 112!

112 is your pan-European number to access Emergency Services whilst travelling within the EU.
In Ireland, 999 and 112 exist equally and run in parallel. Regardless of which number you call in Ireland, the call will be handled in the same manner.

112 is accessible in the following EU countries:
Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and United Kingdom.

Science Foundation Ireland

SFI / Smart Futures

Smart Futures is the national awareness programme promoting careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to young people. It is managed and coordinated by Science Foundation Ireland in partnership with Engineers Ireland.

The website www.SmartFutures.ie provides secondary school students, teachers and parents with access to over 170 STEM career stories, searchable by school subject, as well as careers videos, downloadable career sheets and a facility for teachers to register for free STEM career talks for their school.

The website also has a calendar of upcoming STEM events, competitions and other useful resources to help students explore more about a career in science and technology.

STEM Module

The STEM Module visits schools and delivers stimulating and challenging courses that augment the curriculum in STEM, providing incentives to pupils to develop their interest and enthusiasm for these subjects.
Some of the courses developed are based on forensic science, biotechnology, data capture and sensing, CAD/CAM, 3d scanning, micro-routing and laser cutting.

Pupils can compare finger prints and event compare DNA profiles.

They can design and make model racing cars that can be treated on a racetrack against models constructed on a world-wide basis.

Using modern light microscopes with the high resolution cameras pupils can investigate the fascinating world off cell life and microscopic structures or using a Scanning Electron microscope study the fine details of insects and parasites.

Road Safety Authority (RSA)

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is a statutory organisation created by the Road Safety Authority Act 2006. It was established in September 2006 and its functions were transferred from the Department of Transport (DoT), the National Roads Authority (NRA) and the National Safety Council (NSC). The aim of the Road Safety Authority is to save lives and prevent injuries by reducing the number and severity of collisions on the road. Working to Save Lives is the stated goal adopted by the Board of the RSA.

Key functions The RSA works to improve road safety in Ireland by: –
Developing and implementing information and education campaigns to increase awareness of road safety and promote safer driving. • Improving vehicle standards. • Establishing and monitoring a standard for driver instruction. • Delivering the the driving licence and learner permit service. • National Driver Licensing Service (NDLS). • Working with stakeholders to ensure a co-ordinated strategic response and ensure our collective resources are used wisely and efficiently. • Undertaking collision and road safety research in order to develop measures and recommendations to improve road safety. • Advising the Minister for Transport on road safety policy. • Overseeing the implementation of the Government Road Safety Strategy 2013 – 2020.

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