The 15th Galway Science and Technology Festival, part of National Science Week and sponsored by Medtronic Galway, saw over 20,000 visitors attend the Final Exhibition Day at NUI Galway last Sunday.
Thousands of families and children enjoyed over 80 interactive stands representing areas including research, education, industry and the environment at the Bailey Allen Hall and Orbsen Building.
Visitors took a tour of the new Engineering Building, Zoology and Marine Biology Museums, while 20 fun shows for families took place in the IT Building, Aula Maxima and the Arts and Science Concourse building at NUI Galway.
Up to 20 primary and secondary schools exhibited stands covering Life Science, Technology and Physics and Chemistry themes with prizes being presented to the overall winners from Milltown NS, Galway Educate Together NS and Inis Meain NS for most creative exhibits in each category.
Festival sponsors provided high-tech exhibits for young people to interact with including Medtronic, Galway Enterprise Board, NUI Galway, GMIT, Cisco, Boston Scientific, Avaya, SAP, Covidien, Hewlett Packard, Creganna, The Marine Institute and Galway County Council.
Family fun shows were a huge hit and included Black John The Bogus Pirate, a cartoon workshop aimed at teaching children of all ages about marine environment while having fun.
Also featured were the K’nex Roadshow, based on a dynamic open ended spatial building system, Mr Bug with Matt Lewis allowed children get up close to friendly tropical animals and Killaloe Exploration Dome, a mobile planetarium designed to explore science, astronomy, geology and geography in a fun and interactive way.
True Physics Show was an interactive hands-on science show where students participated in launching rockets and flying helicopters and Sue McGrath’s Chemistry Show consisted of wacky experiments like super foams, colour changes and disgusting slime.
To view photos and videos from the exhibition visit www.galwayscience.ie.