Workshops, Shows and the 2019 Challenge

National School 'Paper Tower Design Challenge' 2019

For this year’s Design Challenge, we are inviting schools to enter the Paper Tower Design Challenge. We will be holding four regional finals (Belmullet, Ballina, Claremorris and Westport) which will take place on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th of November. Finalists from each region will be invited to attend the Science In Action Open Day in the GMIT, Castlebar on Sunday the 17th November where the overall winning team will be announced.

Paper Tower Challenge Details - Take the Challenge




Foodoppi’s ‘EAT YOUR SCIENCE will take place in Broadhaven Bay Hotel, Belmullet, on Monday 11th November 2019.

Foodoppi’s Molecular Gastronomy Live Event is one of a kind and cannot be seen anywhere else in the WORLD!   This exciting, fun, fast paced science & food show gives audiences an opportunity to see food become experiments you can eat. We will redesign a traditional fruit salad using the knowledge of hydrocolloids and the world-renowned molecular gastronomy techniques to make fruit spaghetti and yoghurt spheres. We will wow the audience with the magic of liquid nitrogen ice-cream and demonstrate using scientific properties how they can make their own ice cream at home.

Included in each show is a hands-on workshop where students get to engage with real life scientific apparatus and create their own molecular gastronomy edible experiment. To make sure the learning and fun continues there are worksheets provided for the students and teachers to do back at school. Students get an opportunity to reflect on their process of working scientifically and continue to develop their scientific vocabulary while teachers are provided with helpful notes and guidelines.

Movie 2019 Mayo Movie World in Castlebar, Thursday 14th of November 2019


Practical solutions to environmental concerns are addressed with the hope that the filmmaker's daughter, 21 years old in the year 2040, will face a hopeful future.

Tetrahedron: Cardboard-geometry 

Ballina Arts Centre. Wed 13th, Thurs 14th &  Fri 15th November 2019

10.30am -12.30pm & 1.30pm -3.30pm, Max 15 per session


Visual Artist Aidan Crotty and Mayo Artsquad will lead these hands-on workshops that explore  engineering, mathematics and science, leading to the construction of an art installation.           Participants will be investigating and developing an understanding of 3D structure and form through the accessible and versatile medium of cardboard. This project aims to inspire the      participants and to enhance creative thinking in a relaxed experiential learning environment. This event is part of Mayo Science & Technology Festival and the Mayo Arts Service EXCEL youth art programme. 


This event is strategically funded by Mayo County Council in partnership with the Arts Council. 


Aidan is a visual artist and community arts facilitator currently living and working in west Sligo. Aidan has been involved in many community art projects and events throughout Ireland, most recently 'Wild Nephin, Ballycroy National Park Willow Sculpture Trail'. Primarily a painter, his work is held in many private and public art collections. Recent work and projects are available to view on his website:

Toodlelou for Action Art  

Friday, November 15th  - St. Anthony’s School, Castlebar. Invitation only

Toodlelou for Action Art

Toodlelou for Action Art, a hands-on creative exploration workshop where science, engineering, art, technology and maths come together to make and create incredible works of art. Students, we'll be working together and individually to make instruments for art making and creating a real splash! 

Dale Treadwell - TBC, Saturday 16th November


Our Sun and other Stars  - Deirdre Kelleghan

James Webb Space Telescope

The workshop will take place in Castlebar Library on Saturday 17th November and will begin with a 20 minute presentation about our Sun.

A drawing session will then start with tuition, encouragement and suggestions. This workshop will look at our sun in detail, discuss where stars come from and why they are different colours.  The latest news on ESA and NASA missions . Notes on constellations for all.  Stickers from ESO  for all. European Space Agency posters for teachers.

STEAM Training for Youthworkers Teachers and Volunteers

When - Saturday November 16th 2019 - 11am - 4pm

Where - Foroige Hub The Mall Castlebar

Event type -  Interactive training for adults working with young people

Event description - An introduction to STEAM activities materials and projects for those working with young people in a voluntary or professional capacity. The workshop will be a practical and hands on exploration of basic STEAM activities and programmes for use in the classroom, youth groups or at home with the family An introduction to the Tech space network and programmes offered by Foroige in Mayo

Audience:- Adults working or volunteering with young people

Number of attendees - 12 - Book through

Admission - Free


Workshop and Lego exploration 

When -  Thursday  November 14th 2019 - 3pm - 5:30pm

Where - Foroige, Pearse St. Ballina, Mayo

Event type - Workshop and Lego exploration - Private event - invite only

Event description - Join our Lego club members and trainers for a fun and interactive Lego engineering challenge. building designing and animating with Lego bricks, Mini figures and your own set design creations just some of the educational and interesting topics covered in this one off showcase of Foroige's free Lego club in Ballina

Audience:- Primary school students 8 - 12 years

Number of attendees - 20

Admission - Free