Báisteach go Deo! | Hope it Rains, a Galway 2020 flagship project, hosted an exciting five-day workshop for 14-19 year olds from 13 to 17 August 2018.
The Weatherbots Inventor Workshop aimed 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 developed their ideas from concepts through to detailed designs. They learnt about renewable energy generation from wind, water, human and other sources, and brainstormed what services could be powered to support outdoor activity. At the end of the week, the team handed over the completed Weatherbot design for fabrication, and met up again in September for its installation and launch.
Previous experience of design and drawing were not essential, but a willingness to use your imagination, learn, work in a team, and take risks were!
The Weatherbots design team included 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 ran from 10am to 4pm daily at The O’Donoghue Centre, NUI Galway.