Sue McGrath

There are three Network Coordinators in Northern Ireland: Leanne Hawthorne, Sue McGrath and Sandra O'Connell

Sue McGrath

Teacher Network Coordinator in Northern Ireland
77 Loopland Drive
Belfast BT6 9DW


Current position
I am now a professional science communicator. My company is called Science2life. I work mainly in Northern and Southern Ireland but over the past 3 years have worked in England, Dubai and Nigeria.

I am mainly booked to deliver interactive science and engineering shows for all key stages; however I do also offer workshops for students and teachers.

Initial training

  • BSc (Hons) degree in Physics and Applied Mathematics from Queen’s University Belfast
  • PGCE, DASE, CEd, and MEd in Educational Studies also from QUB

I taught in a Belfast Grammar School for 10 years before taking up the post of Senior Manager in charge of Education in W5 – whowhatwherewhenwhy, Ireland’s first ‘hands-on’ science discovery centre. Here my prime focus as Education Programme Leader was to develop workshops, demonstration shows and programmes for pupils, teachers and the general public which provided opportunities for experiential learning, particularly in science and technology.

Links with other agencies
Scientific and Chemical Supplies Ltd I have currently produced two science kits for SciChem and deliver teacher training workshops for them in the UK and Ireland.

Science Technology and Engineering Programme for Schools. STEPs to Engineering, is an Engineers Ireland programme, set up in 2001 to promote engineering and science to primary and post primary school students.

The Discover Primary Science Awards of Excellence. I have been involved in this flagship project, run by the Discover Science and Engineering (DSE) awareness programme, for 3 years. DSE is managed by Forfás on behalf of the Office of Science and Technology at the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment.

Science Week Ireland. This is another Discover Science and Engineering programme whose aims are to increase interest in science, technology, innovation and engineering among students, teachers and members of the public.

Galway Science and Technology Festival. 2008 will be my 4th year attending this festival which is growing from strength to strength. To date over 10 000 students have been enthralled and wowed with Magical Science and Engineering performances.

BA Festival – Norwich University 2006 and Liverpool 2008

I am also a member of NISEF (Northern Ireland Science Education Forum)

Editorial Service
Editorial Board Member 2002 - 2004:
Physics Education, Institute of Physics Publishing Ltd

Feature writer: Primary Science 2005
Science Spin, Ireland’s science and discovery magazine

Author: Science Magic – Fun Guaranteed; August 2007

Central workshops I can deliver

Delivered successfullyRockets
Shocked and stunned
Happy to deliverNew ideas?
Son of new ideas?
What happens next?
Lights, camera, images

Specialist workshops I offer

  • Fun physics demos for non-specialists
  • Electromagnetism
  • Sending music via a laser pen

Related information

CPD sessions

More information on what the specialist workshops entail