WIT brings the science of food to Waterford’s food festival
Following the tradition of several years, Calmast, Waterford Institute of Technology’s STEM engagement centre, brings food science and more to Waterford’s popular Harvest festival taking place 6-8 September. Calmast, representing Waterford Institute of Technology, will be right in the centre of action on Broad Street with STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) activities for everyone all afternoon on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September.
“Joining the Harvest Festival is always a great opportunity for us to showcase all kinds of food science in an engaging way,” says Dr Sheila Donegan, Director Calmast. “This year, we’ll be right in the middle of all that’s happening and we’re looking forward to inspire wonder, curiosity and an interest in science in young and old.”
In addition to the stand on Broad Street, adult audiences can learn about the Science of Gin and the Science of Beer with Dr Sheila Donegan and Tatenda Mareya of Waterford Institute of Technology in Tully’s Bar, with Blackwater Distillery and Metalman Brewery.
“There has been a lot of talk in the media about the amount of sugar in our food, and that’s something we are going to look at through hands on experiments,” says Tatenda Mareya, PhD candidate at the PMBRC, WIT’s pharmaceutical and molecular biotechnology research centre. “We will be doing a lot of different experiments using household materials, that everyone – young and old – can do.”
There will be plenty on offer from Calmast including maths puzzles and games, interactive science activities – something for all the family.