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Rebecca, our Education Development Officer, headed off to Europe this morning, to be part of an EU Project called 'WEAVE' which brings together Italy, Bulgaria and The Netherlands to explore an interesting textile art project. Here Rebecca tells us a little bit about the project, Imaginosity's involvement and what she hopes to learn along the way.

" One of the best parts of my role as Education Development Manager is the chance to meet with people working in all fields of education and learning. Most of the time this involves visiting schools, museums, education centres, universities and attending conferences all around Ireland. But every now and then I get a chance to meet and exchange ideas with colleagues from further afield. This month I am delighted to have the chance to take part in an EU project called 'Weave', a project developed with the support of the Cultural Programme of the European Union. The main aim of 'Weave' is to organise a series of free public events about textile art in The Netherlands, Bulgaria and Italy entitled 'Zig-Zag - Textile, fibre and felt: it's Smart Child's Play'!


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It's hard not to love science, from watching seeds grow into plants, or seeing a plane fly in the sky or watching a bubbly explosion cause by vinegar and baking soda, the inner child in me loves the curiosity and the wonder that abound in science. Science is about questions, the what's? the whys? the how's? and also a lot of Wows and that is why we have decided to add more science to our calendar and have introduced a dedicated day to science. Science Saturday will be a multi-disciplinary exploration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths mixed in with a little Art.

The question you may ask is will my child like the new Science Saturdays and although biased I have to answer with a resounding YES! As a Discover Science Centre a lot of our school programming revolves around STEM. We design programmes for the national Science, Maths and Engineering weeks but we have found that adding elements of Music, Drama and Art helps children understand the complex ideas and concepts that we are teaching them. The Arts help widen the scope of science and makes it applies to all different learning styles and abilities, no longer should science be viewed as a subject in isolation, science is everywhere it connects everything and allows us to appreciate the world around us. This is the philosophy that our Science Saturdays will be founded on, an appreciation of how children learn and what keeps them interested. A "hands-on", multidisciplinary approach to learning that challenges the imagination and allows children to discover at their own pace, that's what our Science Saturday are about. But don't take my word for it come play, learn, discover and imagine at Imaginosity's Science Saturdays.

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2013 was our busiest year yet for school tours as we welcomed over 10,000 school and preschool visitors. Our 'School Tour Season' as we affectionately term May and June at Imaginosity was super busy with over 7,000 visitors.

So what makes Imaginosity such a popular school tour venue? During 'School Tour Season' the answer would definitely be our exhibits! Imaginosity's exhibits are designed to be educational, inclusive, imaginative, empowering and plain old-fashioned fun. A school tour at Imaginosity encourages the children to role play, share, take risks in a safe environment, interact in new and exciting ways, learn about the world around them and allows children to learn at their own pace in their own way. In essence, our exhibits celebrate the power of play and champions a 'discovery-led' learning model which is at the heart of all children's museums.

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Imaginosity recently became involved with ReCreate; an exciting new project recently established just off The Long Mile Road in Dublin. We have been so impressed with Recreate and what they can offer our community that we just had to spread the word! Here, Kevin McLoughlin, ReCreate's Marketing/Membership Executive explains what goes on in ReCreate and how your organisation can benefit from the interesting work that they do.


ReCreate is a national social enterprise that takes end of line and surplus stock from businesses and reuses them as arts materials. Our warehouse is full to the brim with all types of fantastic materials such as paper, wool, plastics, fabric, tubing, foam and many other unusual and unexpected surprises from signature businesses such as Avoca, Smurfit Kappa, Bewleys Coffee, Universal Records and many more.

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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 ( 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 for loads of fun "hands-on" activities for children which can be tried out at home.

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