The project is part of a wider Hub and Cluster initiative founded by Calmast, to significantly increase STEM education and public engagement across the entire South East. Six regional clusters have been formed in Wexford, New Ross, Waterford, Kilkenny, Clonmel and Dungarvan.
Funded by Science Foundation Ireland, the Hub and Cluster model brings the main actors in the locality together in clusters – from local government, libraries and industry, to higher education, schools and more – to deliver STEM engagement through beneficial partnerships in their area.
As well as a mono-printing and drawing session which took place in early March, Krysten Maieran, Educational Manager of the Seal Rescue Ireland Centre, Courtown, gave a fascinating educational talk and tour of the centre. Through hands-on activities during the session, the Guides learned about the rehabilitation process of seals and the effects humans often have on their natural environment.
Photo: Patrick Browne
Kayleigh added, “sustainability and positive climate action are hugely important topics as the region collectively tries to do their part in the fight against climate change.”
In addition to the Wexford Creative Communities project, Calmast has also founded several climate-focused initiatives, including a six-week sustained engagement programme for Transition Year students entitled, STEMReach Sustainability: Your Story Our Future, and ACT Waterford, a year-long project that brings five communities and five creatives together under five climate action themes.
ACT Waterford is also one of 15 nationwide projects being funded by Creative Ireland’s €2 million Creative Climate Action Fund.