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The Weatherbots Inventor Workshop aims to design fantastical micro-generators that use renewable energy to power services that make it easier – enjoyable even – to be outdoors, no matter the weather.
Supported by a team of artists and engineers, over five days, participants will develop their ideas from concepts through to detailed designs. They will learn about renewable energy generation from wind, water, human and other sources, and brainstorm what services could be powered to support outdoor activity. At the end of the week, the team will hand over the completed Weatherbot design for fabrication, and will meet up again in September for its installation and launch.
Previous experience of design and drawing are not essential, but a willingness to use your imagination, learn, work in a team, and take risks are!
There are only 25 places available, and advanced booking essential. Attendance is free of charge.
Register online here with your name, age, address and contact number, and a few lines about why you’d like to join the challenge. Design or software skills are not needed, but if you do have any, we’d be interested to know! If you are below 18, we will send you a permission slip to be signed by your parent/guardian.
The Weatherbots design team includes artists Dr Ríonach Ní Néill, Tony Fegan, Gavin Morgan, Andrew Siddall, with engineers Dr James Lee, and Dr Maeve Duffy with students from NUI Galway Engineering Dept.
Workshop runs from 10am to 4pm daily at The O’Donoghue Centre, NUI Galway.
Who we are: Báisteach go Deo! | Hope it Rains wants to change our relationship with Galway’s weather, so that, by 2020, Galway will be the place to come to because it rains and blows! We aim to make Galway’s people and places more weather and climate resilient. We want to make our weather a source of creativity and communality, to get Galwegians out in it, enjoying it, loving it – no matter what the forecast.