Over 85 students (aged 13 – 16 years) from Coláiste na Coiribe attended the NUIG Waternomics Workshops held at the newly opened secondary school in Knocknacarra, Galway. Two sessions of two separate Workshops covering Water Conservation and Application Development were held to allow maximum student attendance at the event. The Waternomics Workshop Team, pictured above, are Louise and Joanne from the Department of Civil Engineering NUIG (Water Conservation) and Wassim and Souleiman from the Insight Centre for Data Analytics NUIG (Application Development).
Holding the Workshops at Coláiste na Coiribe, which is one of the Waternomics Project Pilot sites, was a great opportunity to engage with the students and explain and examine the Waternomics concepts. The school is an Irish language Secondary School with approximately 500 students and 40 staff and as part of the Waternomics Project, the school’s water usage is monitored by onsite sensors, the data is recorded and accessed remotely by NUIG researchers.
The Water Conservation Workshop focused on the themes of water as a resource, the effort and energy required to produce potable energy, the role of the individual in responsible water usage and school water audits. The Practical Workshop Task set for attendees of simulating the water treatment process in class proved to be ultimately very informative as a visual aid for students although at times enthusiastic participation caused a certain amount of mess! The School Water Audit Workshop Task showed that attendees really understood the nature of the different water usage at the school with some groups estimating a whole school daily water use to within 10% of the average recorded by Metering.
The Application Development Workshop introduced the students to the design and development of Android Mobile application using MIT App Inventor 2. Applications were on the Waternomics Themes and attendees are encouraged to build on this experience to further develop and innovate using the Waternomics Data.
We thank the staff and students at Coláiste na Coiribe for their involvement with Waternomics, for facilitating us and for making the Workshops such a great success!