Calmast STEM Outreach Hub for South East Region

Organization profile

Calmast is Waterford Institute of Technology’s STEM Engagement Centre. It was established in 2002 to address issues in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) building on work of the South East Schools Science Initiative commenced in the 1990’s. The centre leverages the resources of WIT (in particular the staff and students and venues) and works in partnership with schools, industry and business, local authorities, public bodies and non-governmental organisations.  The core value is “STEM for all” and we work in a spirit of partnership in all things to engage as many as possible. Calmast has been funded by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) as the STEM Hub for the South East Region to develop a Hub and Cluster Model for STEM engagement across the South East. In 2021, the centre was the winner of the Best Education Outreach at the Education Awards Ireland and is short listed in the Times Higher Education Awards (UK and Irl) in the Widening Participation and Outreach category. The winner will be announced November 2021. Typically 30,000 attended Calmast coordinated events in the region, festivals and sustained engagement activities and hundreds of thousands engaged with Maths Week Ireland.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. Our work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

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