NFB Teaches Kids How to Mend Broken Hearts at Galway Science and Technology Exhibition

24th November 2014

Thousands attended the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) for the final day of the Galway Science and Technology Festival. NUIG helped host the final day with over 100 interactive exhibits at various locations around the campus. The event followed two weeks of science and technology events, including visits to around 180 schools across the city and county.

Researchers from the Network of Excellence for Functional Biomaterials visited four schools throughout Galway city and county during the festival. The NFB also hosted four workshops on the main exhibition day. The workshop, titled “How to Mend a Broken Heart,” teaches primary students the anatomy, physiology and disease of the heart through a series of hands-on activities. A 15-minute interactive presentation was given describing how the heart works to pump blood. The students were taught how a heart attack happens and how scaffolds can be used to fix damaged heart tissue. After the presentation students acted as tissue engineers to mend “damaged” heart shaped cookies using various decorations representing materials for scaffold development. A video to the activity can be found here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrv_wx27qwQ

Several Galway schools with colourful exhibits based on health and life-science also attended the festival. Leading science and technology organisations also presented displays that gave insights into the cutting-edge products they develop and manufacture. Additionally, free family shows took place throughout the day on topics such as research, education, industry and the environment.