Waterford TD and Minister for Training, Skills and Innovation John Halligan announced WIT’s Calmast will receive €50,000 funding to enhance outreach
Funding of €50,000 has been confirmed for Calmast, WIT’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and maths) Outreach Hub, by John Halligan T.D., Minister for Training, Skills and Innovation.
Minister Halligan announced at the Science Foundation Ireland Discover Awards at Dublin’s Royal Hospital Kilmainham, that there will be a national investment of €2.8 million for 44 STEM public engagement and education initiatives across the country.
The grant will assist Calmast in delivering science and maths-related activities to large numbers of children in the South-East through its Festivals Programme (which includes Bealtaine Living Earth Festival, Robert Boyle Summer School and Waterford Spraoi); and also to develop its STEMreach programme of formal and informal learning opportunities for disadvantaged pupils, with support for teachers and parents.
“Since it was established in 2003, the success of Calmast has grown to benefit school children all over the country”, Minister Halligan commented. “Through the collaboration with Spraoi, STEM is now embedded in a large cultural event that draws thousands to the streets of Waterford every year. Furthermore Maths Week Ireland has grown to be the biggest maths festival of its kind in the world, with an annual participation rate of around 250,000.
“The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation is delighted to support Science Foundation Ireland’s important work to stimulate interest in science and engineering among the Irish public. Projects like Calmast play a huge role in fostering innovation, opening conversations about the role of STEM in society and inspiring our young people to explore careers in these areas. I am also delighted to launch Science Foundation Ireland’s new #BelieveInScience campaign which promotes the potential that science and discovery offer Ireland, today and in tomorrow’s world.”