Community Outreach

WexSci, Wexford Science Festival is led by the Wexford County Council Library Service with the Community Development Department and is delivered in partnership with our festival stakeholders. The role of our outreach programme is integral to the work of the festival and we aim to highlight the potential and real-life application of science, engineering and technology in a practical and easy to understand manner. It is also part of our core mission to constantly seek opportunities where we can play a key role in promoting awareness and understanding of the importance and relevance of STEM to everyday life.

Schools and Communities

This year we will be working directly with our community and educational partners but if your school or group would like to get involved in Science week you can do so in two ways:

· use our programme of events in your classroom by selecting the appropriate category/age group in our events programme here.

· Or by scheduling a Science Foundation Ireland Roadshow, which can be live-streamed into your classroom via YouTube, which are available to book here. All events are free and your students can learn how to Build Your Own Rube Goldberg Machine with Mark the Science Guy, watch a Forensic Science Show with the Junior Einsteins Science Club, explore the Invisible World with Marty Jopson and much much more.

This year we are delighted to be working with some of our community and educational partners and here are some of the projects that are taking place across communities in County Wexford. The WexSci festival will be working with a number of schools and community groups to provide a STEM Science Day during Science Week 2020. These include St. Fintan’s National School, FDYS Bunclody Project and FDYS Enniscorthy Roma Inclusion Project.

Youth Train Living Lab Co-Creation Project

Youth Train is delighted to participate in Science Week 2020. The six-week Co-creation project will explore energy and its generation. It will focus on renewable energy and choices to be made so that energy generation is effective, appropriate and sustainable. Michelle Maher, Scientist will co-ordinate this co-creation project with Youthtrain CTC, IT Carlow Wexford Campus and the ESB. In the spirit of science experimentation and exploration, the learners aged 17-21 are equal co-creators and will be key to shaping the programme and learning outcomes. Learning skills such as critical thinking, accepting failure as merely a setback, teamworking, creativity and communications will permeate the content and approach. The goal is to present the programme discoveries during Science week.

Youth Train in Wexford Town provides a young person aged 16 – 21 years with an opportunity for real and meaningful change. Supported by Waterford Wexford ETB and managed by a local Board of Management, Youth Train is an effective support to young people and a support for future employment in Wexford.

For more information visit- http://youthtrainwexford.com/

WWETB Science Research Grant

In October 2020, WWETB launched a new STEM Research Grant for WWETB Students.

The aim of the programme is to offer students the opportunity to experience the research grant application process in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Applications are invited from groups of students in STEM classes in our 12 post-primary WWETB colleges across Wexford and Waterford. Should they receive funding for their proposed research, they will then be expected to carry out the research piece and produce a report.

The grant recipients will be announced during Science Week 2020 and research reports will be published in the first WWETB Science Journal in 2021.

Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board (WWETB) provides a comprehensive range of education and training services throughout Waterford and Wexford and is the largest education and training provider in counties Waterford and Wexford.

WWETB’s educational and training provision includes second-level schools, further education colleges and a range of adult and further education centres delivering education and training programmes, Post Leaving Certificate Courses (PLCs), Youthreach centres, Outdoor Education and Youth Services. For more information please visit http://waterfordwexford.etb.ie/