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Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO® Themed Summer Camps have been designed to teach the principles of Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) to girls and boys, aged 5-12 in a fun and entertaining way.

The Bricks 4 Kidz Summer Camps provide a unique approach to educational play using LEGO® bricks, motors and remote controls. Children explore and collaborate using unique lessons, proprietary model plans and themed learning units.


  • Six Cross Business Park, Waterford.
  • Passage Cross, Dunmore Road, Waterford


July and August

9am-12pm or 2pm-5pm

LEGO Technic suitable for boys and girls – Ages 5-12

For further details visit www.bricks4kidz.ie/wexford/lego-summer-camps

TECH experts at a top Irish research and innovation hub have teamed up with industry and carefully-selected global partners to catapult the age-old electricity grid into a future beyond 5G and ensure it is secure, stable and renewables compatible.

They’ve won significant, coveted European Commission backing to power the RESERVE and SOGNO projects, both of which provide cutting-edge global solutions for the future grid and ensure it has a bright, sustainable future.

A research team of the Telecommunications, Software and Systems Group (TSSG) at the Waterford Institute of Technology, is at the coalface, rethinking, re-designing, testing and future proofing the basics of grid control and grid automation. They are one of three Irish research partners on the project that has assembled with an expert team of European future grid specialists to work with industry and test solutions.

Industry challenges they’re addressing include substituting the role of synchronous machines in future power systems; making the grid more reactive to changes and working out with industry what role information and communication infrastructures will play in the future grid network and more.

It’s all being tested and validated in Ireland by the multi-skilled Irish team using pan-European, real time simulation infrastructure with ESB Networks, project leader, Miguel Ponce de Leon explained.

“TSSG is looking at the impact of having such a large number of voltage measurement points in converters at electric generation and storage units in distribution grid network.

“We’re also evaluating how software applications, that run over new 5G networks, can provide the necessary performance to ensure a cost-effective solution to allow for scalability, ultra-low latency and very large capacity as well as network slicing and prioritised message transport.

“Our tried and tested solutions will be capable of supporting huge numbers of low-cost and low-energy communications devices, lasting for up to 10 years without on-site maintenance while also reducing the need for wireline connections – thus eliminating the need to dig if something does go wrong.”

ESB Networks Jonathan Sandham said: “Our grid needs to be future proofed and we’re very fortunate to be working with a multi-skilled, hands-on team at the TSSG to test and validate as we go.We’ve already made significant progress in securing electricity supply for generations to come.”

Through its work on SOGNO, the TSSG team is also providing cost-effective software services which allow energy suppliers to have real-time insights into the operation of their energy network.

There is a FREE Practical training session on securing EU Funding for your local Community or Cultural Group in Garter Lane Theatre, Friday 22 June from 10am – 1pm with lunch included. This event is organised by The Waterford Europe Direct Centre in partnership with The Cultural Quarter, The Waterford Area Partnership and will be facilitated by The Wheel.

The Europe for Citizens Fund is taking applications until 1 September. This round of funding is for local groups who organise events and local festivals that promote:

- An appreciation of culture and history
- Local history
- Active citizenship
- Debate
- Volunteering
- Inclusion
- Town twinning

If you are a community or a cultural group you can apply for a grant to fund 25 + European visitors to take part in a series of events in your locality, celebrating culture, citizenship, volunteering, local festivals. This fund is the most accessible EU Fund, the application form is straightforward and it is often the first EU Funding application that local groups access before participating in larger projects.

Places are limited so booking is essential. Lunch is included. You can find out more information and book your free place here.

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) VP for Strategy Dr Richard Hayes has said that Waterford should learn from what Barcelona has done in recent years to reinvent itself.

“Waterford can be Ireland’s Barcelona,” said Dr Hayes, speaking following the announcement of €4 billion in government funding in support of the goals of the National Planning Framework. The funds will be targeted specifically at urban renewal and regeneration, new technological developments, and in support of environmental and climate change targets.

Dr Hayes indicated that WIT is “ready and available” to assist Waterford city in making its applications under the various funding calls, noting that WIT’s expertise is “perfectly aligned” with the detail of the funding.

“WIT’s areas of internationally-acclaimed research include activity in innovation, in disruptive and new technologies, and in agriculture, all of which are covered by the €4 billion call,” he said. “In addition to proposals for the development of the city, we are ready and able to drive funding applications across the other domains as well. The potential is there to transform the city and region if we focus on quality and have ambition. In time Waterford can be Ireland’s Barcelona, one of the best and most successful small cities in Europe.”

“WIT fully support the National Planning Framework and particularly welcomes the creation of these competitive funding calls in support of the goals of the Plan,” said Dr Hayes. “We are fully committed to the emphasis in theFramework on building up our regional cities as the drivers of economic growth—our own research and experience in Europe shows that this is the only way to grow the region and to ensure future prosperity.”

Dr Hayes drew parallels between Waterford and Barcelona in Catalonia in this context.

“While the cities are very different in terms of scale,” he said, “the cities share a similar history. We should learn from what Barcelona has done in recent years to reinvent itself: it is now investing heavily in changing its old docklands into technology parks that are attractive to modern high-tech industry and business. Barcelona is a great example of a city where innovation is important and where new ideas are valued and new thinking promoted. It is of course also a vibrant and attractive city from a cultural point of view. It has built on its traditional strengths, embraced technology and formed a sustainable regional city that impacts enormously on the wider Catalonian region.”

WIT currently works on a number of projects with partners in Barcelona and, Dr Hayes says, “is at the heart of discussions in Europe on the economic, social and cultural future for regions in the context of globalisation and high technology.”

“Barcelona is an ideas-led city,” he continued, “and we partner with universities there as the drivers of regional change. Part of the infrastructure needed to be able to make the kinds of changes needed in a region is a fit-for-purpose, high-quality third level offering. The proposal for a Technological University that we are currently developing will seek to position WIT and Waterford as drivers in the South East of urban and regional transformation through recognising and building on the very high quality and impactful work we have been doing for many decades.”

WIT has recently approved its strategic plan to 2021. The Plan involves the Institute becoming one of the Top 100 new universities in the world within 10 years.

Digitise the Nation are holding free computer classes in Tramore & Ardkeen libraries this June.

AT ARDKEEN LIBRARY - 6th, 7th, 8th, 12th & 13th JUNE

AT TRAMORE LIBRARY - 14th,15th, 19th, 20th & 21st June

CLASS TIMES: 10am to 12pm or 12.30pm to 2.30pm

TO BOOK, PLEASE CALL 0761 10 2755.

THIS DIGITAL SKILLS PROGRAMME IS FUNDED BY The Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment.

Course outline

Session one: Introduction to the internet

  • Understanding the internet
  • Getting online
  • Using search engines
  • Staying safe online

Session two: Introduction to email and online services

  • Introduction to email
  • Government services
  • Conducting everyday transactions

Session three:

  • Video calling and apps 
  • Skype and other video calling services
  • Introduction to mobile apps

Session four & five:

Choose two of the following:

  • Government online services
  • Video, TV and radio online
  • Shopping online
  • Online banking basics
  • Revision of a topic from a previous session

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‘LEAP’ (Local Enterprise Achievement Programme) with 8 schools in Waterford city and county. The schools involved are:- Light of Christ N.S. (Dunmore), Passage East N.S., Kilmacthomas Primary School, Holy Cross N.S. (Tramore), Mount Sion Primary School, Presentation Primary School, St. Mary’s N.S. (Ballygunner) and St. Saviour’s N.S.

200 primary school students aged 10-11 have some exciting ideas, inventions and companies being formed. Over the past few months, they have worked along-side junior achievement volunteers who are entrepreneurs from local companies and who are encouraging the children to become entrepreneurs and setting up their own businesses.

Junior Achievement Ireland would be delighted to invite you to view the classes where the students showcase their ideas, which will be held in the foyer of the WIT, School of Business on 29th & 30th May and the students will also have the opportunity to present their ideas and inventions to the F.R.O.G.S. (for recognition of greatness in students). If you would like to come along anytime between 10.15am and 12.30pm you would be very welcome.

We are all aware of the benefits for students, when they can make connections between their in-school work and what they see as the ‘real world’. JAI volunteers and Waterford Local Enterprise Office are working together to inspire and motivate students to make the most of their education and maximise their potential.

Junior Achievement is a not for profit organisation that has been working with the Irish Corporate sector to deliver practical life skills programmes into Irish primary and secondary schools for 20 years. In the last school year Junior Achievement volunteers delivered programmes to 60,000 students in Ireland with the support of 165 partner organisations who made available more than 3,000 volunteers.

On behalf of the team at JAI and the Waterford Local Enterprise Office, we look forward to the possibility of seeing you at the showcase!

As part of its expansion of world-class health care in Ireland, UPMC announced today that it has acquired the Whitfield Clinic in Waterford, as well as full control of the cancer centre that it has operated at the hospital through a joint venture for the past 12 years.

The 80-bed hospital has been renamed UPMC Whitfield. The cancer centre is now UPMC Hillman Cancer Centre, part of UPMC’s expansive network of more than 60 cancer treatment facilities, with access to the cutting-edge research and expertise available at the academic hub in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

“The excellent staff and leadership at UPMC Whitfield and our UPMC Hillman Cancer Centre provide a solid foundation for our plans to grow high-quality health care services throughout the country.”

Added Ireland country manager and UPMC Vice President David Beirne, “We look forward to working with our consultant and insurance partners, as well as our dedicated staff, to expand the hospital’s capabilities. By accessing the clinical, research and technological innovations of UPMC, we anticipate adding needed services and employment at the UPMC Whitfield campus in the coming years.”

Opened in 2006, Whitfield Clinic is the largest private hospital in the South-East, serving a half million people in five counties and nationwide. UPMC Whitfield will build on its wide range of existing services, including orthopaedics, ophthalmology, oncology, endoscopy and other surgical specialties. With more than 50 consultants and 180 employees, the hospital has been growing rapidly in the past five years.

Also opened in 2006, the cancer centre within the hospital has treated more than 17,000 patients with the most advanced radiation therapy, including intensity-modulated radiation therapy and image-guided radiation therapy. Recognising a local need, physicians and the Health Service Executive partnered with UPMC to provide an advanced cancer treatment centre that would care for patients close to home.

UPMC Hillman Cancer Centre at Whitfield is based on UPMC’s “hub-and-spoke” model in which a wide range of oncology services is offered in local communities with support from UPMC’s academic and clinical hub at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Centre in Pittsburgh. Based on its high-quality standards and patient safety, the centre in Waterford has been accredited three times by the Joint Commission International since 2008. Next year, in partnership with Bon Secours Health System Ltd., UPMC will open a radiotherapy centre in Cork.


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