Evelyn O’Toole is presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Galway Science and Tech Exhibition

6 Dec 2017

Pictured is Prof. Dónal Leech, Dean of Science, NUI Galway, Evelyn O’Toole, CEO and Founder CLS ; Paul Mee,(Mazars) Chairman, Galway Science and Technology Festival and Ronan Rogers, New Product Development Director and STEM Program Lead for Medtronic Parkmore. Photo: Andrew Downes.

We are delighted to highlight that our CEO and Founder, Evelyn O’Toole was presented with the Galway Science and Technology Festival Outstanding Achievement Award recently.

Evelyn attended the Galway Science and Technology Exhibition as part of the judging panel as a special guest this year and got to view a host of STEM projects presented by 12 primary schools and 7 post-primary schools (the largest entry level to date). Evelyn said:
“It’s a wonderful event to give students an opportunity to talk about STEM and present their work, it is motivating and inspiring. I would have loved something like this when I was a child. It’s great for these children to foresee a future where they can study their choice subjects in Galway and progress on to valuable and satisfying employment locally with a great quality of life, staying in their own community,’

The winners of the best primary school exhibit went to Gaelscoil Riada, Athenry and the best secondary school exhibit went to Davitt College, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. Presentation College Athenry won the Technology & Mathematics category and Soil Íde, Salthill was awarded best in the Physics & Chemistry category and the prize for Life Sciences category went to St. Theresa’s NS, Cashel, Connemara. The judging panel agreed that the standard of the entries was very impressive and commented on how much they had enjoyed discussing the projects with the students.


The Galway Science and Technology Exhibition

The Galway Technology Festival celebrated 20 years of showcasing Galway as a city of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths this year.  The collaboration between local industry, local education and government agencies has helped the Festival and Exhibition to grow to become the success that it is today.  During the two-week Festival in November over 30 science and technology shows and workshops are brought to over 150 schools throughout Galway city and county – helping students to engage with STEM in a meaningful and exciting way.  The exhibition took place in NUI Galway and families spent the day immersed in all things relating to STEM, learning about the world around them and what an exciting career in these fields would entail.