GMIT at Galway Science and Technology Festival 2017


Monday, November 13, 2017 - 10:00 to Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 17:00

GMIT is delighted to be taking part in Galway Science and Technology Festival once again in 2017, having been involved with the Festival since it began 20 years ago.

GMIT is hosting the following events as part of the Festival, from Monday 13th to Sunday 26th Nov, 2017:

Marine litter
  • Explore latest research on plastics and microplastics – they come from and where they end up, how they degrade
  • Shore based survey – how to monitor and record.
Test Your Limits
  • Students will be given the opportunity to take part in fun activities which would form part of the suite of testing procedures used with professional athletes.
Sports drinks
uses and how to make your own
  • Role of carbohydrates in exercise
  • Correct use of sports drinks
  • Making your own sports drink for exercise
  • Testing sports drinks
Spaghetti Structures
  • Investigate the strength of different structures, shapes and materials
  • Use observation, curiosity, creative problem solving and teamwork skills
  • Recognise how different structures and engineering processes are important throughout our everyday lives
  • Identify the different forces that can act on a structure
Flooding! Impact of urban development and rainfall intensity
  • Conduct two experiments to investigate how different rainfall conditions produce different examples of overland flow.
  • To design and build a new housing estate in the hydrology bench and investigate the impact that it has on overland flow.
  • Suggest ways in which overland flow could be reduced or prevented.
  • Consider the impact of a weir in open channel flow.
Go Wild Series – Aquatic Animals
  • To discover aquatic animal adaptations for life in rivers
  • To find and view aquatic animals and insects living in local rivers
Go Wild Series – Eagle Eyes
  • To learn about birds of prey found in Galway
  • To experience a close encounter with birds of prey
Go Wild Series– Furry Friends
  • To explore the unique features of small mammals found in Galway
  • To catch and see small mammals
  • Unique scheme where GMIT will provide the services of a scientist to advise a school in designing and running a science or technology project.  The scheme allows for 3 school visits
Ready to be inspired
  • This workshop explores different career for women in STEM showcasing a number of successful women and the paths they have taken. It opens up the minds of young women to areas they may not have considered before and encourages them to do some research into what options are available for them

Annual ISTA Quiz

A New 3-D World - virtually
  • 3-D visualisations on your Smartphone
  • 3-D printing
  • 3-d scanners
  • How virtual reality works
Technology in design and fashion
  • Use of traditional and new materials in design
  • New methods of printing in design
  • Tour of Centre for Creative Arts and Media


For more information about the festival, please see