Children's activities that stimulate learning

Blog-osity

PlayCreateExploreEducateImaginePretendPerform InvestigateDiscover

  • Home
    Home This is where you can find all the blog posts throughout the site.
  • Categories
    Categories Displays a list of categories from this blog.
  • Tags
    Tags Displays a list of tags that have been used in the blog.
  • Bloggers
    Bloggers Search for your favorite blogger from this site.
Subscribe to this list via RSS Blog posts tagged in Engineers Week

Posted by on in Education

Looking back at last week's very successful Engineers Week, we realise all that we achieved in such a short space of time! The aim of Engineers Week is to celebrate the engineering profession, to grow awareness of engineers in the community, and to showcase engineering as an exciting and diverse career option for students. We welcomed 628 very excited primary school pupils and their teachers to take part in our investigative, educational but most of all fun activities throughout the week.

For Imaginosity, Engineers Week allows us to show primary schools the important role that engineers play in the world around us and also the fun that can be had while utilising Science and Maths. With this in mind we developed two curriculum linked programmes "Box Monsters" and "Ping Pong Ball Catapults". If you are wondering what exactly "Box Monsters" and "Ping Pong Ball Catapults" can teach children about engineering, the short answer is lots!

The "Box Monsters" workshop uses basic principles of Pneumatics in order to make a box open its mouth wide like monster jaws. This workshop is designed for children in Junior Infants to 2nd class. The children firstly got the opportunity to decorate their "Box Monster" which excited and delighted everyone as they set about creating their very own cardboard creature. We at Imaginosity know that Pneumatics is an awfully big word and an even bigger concept to understand but the simplest explanation is that pneumatics is the energy of trapped air. We used lots of straws, Ziplock bags and boxes from the lovely people at Recreate (www.recreate.ie) to show this in a fun "hands-on" and most importantly age appropriate manner to children.

The "Ping Pong Ball Catapult" workshop was designed for children in 1st and 2nd class and is a great way of explaining the difference between stored/potential energy and Kinetic energy. You would be entitled at this point to ask how? This time we used lots of ice-lolly sticks, elastic bands and ping pong balls to understand the engineering behind catapults. The testing began as the children, tried and succeeded in reaching the targets that we had set up for these experiments.

Whether its in the classroom or at home, experimenting is all about having fun, creating and discovering the world around us; your children will learn even more if you join in with them. If you are stuck for ideas, don't worry there are loads of great resources out there for parents and teachers. As a Discover Centre member I would highly recommend the Discover Primary Science and Maths Website www.primaryscience.ie for loads of fun "hands-on" activities for children which can be tried out at home.

Hits: 2411
0

Posted by on in General

In 2013, Imaginosity enabled over 12,500 hours of imaginative, creative, educational, engaging play for families here in our museum. We were bursting at the seams throughout the year with new and regular visitors, as the next generation of thinkers, leaders, problem solvers and creative geniuses climbed our stairs to enter a world of imagination and fun.

Imaginosity is bright, inviting, bubbly, friendly and fun, but underneath our friendly and inviting exterior, we take the job of learning through play very seriously indeed. 2013 was an extremely busy and successful year for us. There are probably too many achievements to list for the purposes of this blog, but our key highlights would be:

Science and Engineering Programming and Funding

Imaginosity was delighted to have been formally accredited as a nationally recognised DPSM (Discovery Primary Science and Maths) Centre by Science Foundation Ireland. This was great news following our probationary period with SFI and shows the museum’s dedication and commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in our educational programming activities and events.

Through Science Foundation Ireland we were the grateful recipients of funding which allowed us to develop an already existing exhibit into our new ‘Maths House’ exhibit which provides problem-solving and numeracy challenges for museum visitors. This particular funding also enabled us to engage with numerous primary schools around the Dublin area, allowing them to visit the museum free of charge throughout national Maths Week and take part in some exciting, uniquely educational curriculum-based workshops where maths learning was lots of fun.

We also took part in national Engineers Week and national Science Week, providing opportunities for primary schools and families alike to engage through games, investigative workshops and creative activities, in the wonderful world of science and engineering. Imaginosity is proud of the environments that we created this year that exposed children to active engagement with science, engineering and maths. We are extremely grateful to our corporate partner Audi, who has sponsored our Science and Engineering programming for the last three years (2011-2013). It is always wonderful to work with like-minded partners who appreciate the scientific need for play.

Awards

Imaginosity was the proud recipient of a number of accolades this year.

- Envirocom Awards: We were thrilled to be selected as a finalist for the Envirocom Awards renowned for showcasing the best melding of environmental and commercial practice by companies, not-for-profits and agencies operating in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Area.

- Mums & Tots Awards: Winner for Best Family Indoor Playhouse

- Primary Times Star Awards: Winner for Play & Activity Centre, voted in Top 3 in the School Tours Dublin and voted in Top 3 Family Visitor Attractions.

 Collaborations and Outreach Activities

Imaginosity loves nothing more than joining with organisations and individuals who are committed to children’s education through learning and the arts. We were delighted once again to have worked with the multi-media students from Stillorgan College of Education, in designing another great interactive exhibit for the museum. This year they created an eco-trail for the building, which is interactive, educational and touch-screen.

We’ve been busy with our Outreach Activities this year too. We have packed up the cars and taken the magic of Imaginosity outside the walls of the museum and on the road to places around the country. Our partnership with the Powerscourt Estate in Co Wicklow was a huge success this year. It gave us a wonderful opportunity to present some magical theatrical events and activities in the beautiful setting of Powerscourt House and Gardens. From scary spooky ghoulish tales, to Irish dancing for St Patricks Day to the gorgeous story of Rapunzel and more, we exceeded our own expectations and those of our friends in Powerscourt during 2013.

We visited our lovely friends Childvision, the National Education Centre for Blind Children for their Annual Day for Childvision Donors last summer providing educational, creative fun for the many families who came to celebrate the wonderful work of this great charity throughout the day.

Continue reading
Hits: 2896
0