The people of Wexford embraced the Wexford Science Festival with gusto this year…
People came out in their droves for dozens of events which ranged to the science behind elite athletes to space travel to science in literature.
Organisers, CALMAST at SETU paid tribute to the schools, the businesses, the host venues and the sponsors and supporters, chief among them Wexford County Council, Science Foundation Ireland,
Danone, Waters Corporation, SETU Wexford campus, the National opera House, Wexford Council library services and Wexford Local Development Agency.
CALMAST Eoin Gill said stand-outs this year were the family-focused Scavenger Hunt, The Science of Singing, Bruce Wardrop’s address at New Ross Library and the many, many events that took place in schools, libraries and theatres across the region.
“We’re very thankful to everyone for making this the best Wexford Science Festival on record. It took a huge team effort and while we’re pretty wiped at this point, we’re also very proud of the level of engagement, of enthusiasm and of genuine interest in all things Science right across the community.
“Every year, we trial something new and we try to ensure that our programme of events is relevant and engaging. We can’t thank the schools, the public, our hosts, our sponsors, partners and supporters enough. It has been an outstanding festival and it all augurs well for the future of STEM employment and engagement in this region,” he said.
Eoin Gill and the team paid particular tribute to STEM teachers across Wexford, saying they go above and beyond to instil a passion for the subjects in their pupils and guide them into careers in the sector with security, mobility and very clear and prosperous career pathways.
Calmast are now developing a STEM cluster in Wexford, bringing industry, schools and government agencies together with Calmast as the coordinating hub, which will lead to more STEM activities throughout the year.
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