Case study: Engineers Week 2014 at Imaginosity Dublin Children’s Museum

Fact file

box-monstersWho?  Imaginosity, Dublin Children’s Museum, is a child-centred creative, educational and interactive space for children under 9 years of age and their families. It is a space for adults and children to engage in creative play. Our exhibits are educationally designed to inspire life-long learning through play, igniting imaginations on the journey from curiosity to discovery.

What?  Imaginosity presented a series of exciting, engaging and lively workshops designed for children aged 4-8 years. The aim of the workshops was to engage children in “hands-on” real-world engineering and maths.

Where?  The events took place at the Museum in Beacon South Quarter, Sandyford, Dublin 18

When?  6th of February to the 14th of February 2014

Why?  Imaginosity’s vision is to be a leader in interactive education and Engineers Week allows us to take part in a national event that is focused on showcasing the importance of science and maths in a very real and interactive way.

The details

Imaginosity hosted a week of workshops for school children to participate in, called “Build It!”

There were two workshops designed specifically for children aged between 4 and 8 years. During these workshops the visiting school children gained valuable skills in working scientifically, along with designing and making, thus enabling exploration of energy and forces as well as materials.

Workshop 1: Box Monsters – Suitable for all children aged between 4 and 8 years.

Children explored the basic principles of pneumatics as they created and designed their own Box Monsters.

Workshop 2: Ping Pong Ball Catapults – Suitable for 1st and 2nd class only (7-8 years).

Children investigated the history and mechanics of Ping Pong Ball catapults before designing, building and testing their own creations.

The workshops were facilitated by Imaginosity staff and all workshops were designed to complement the National Curriculum. There were five staff members trained to deliver the workshops and they were assisted by five volunteers.

Nearly 600 primary school students visited Imaginosity to take part in the “Build It!” workshops and due to its popularity and the very high demand for places, this year’s Engineers Week stretched from one week to two at Imaginosity. The reaction from all involved, including staff, volunteers, primary school children and teachers was really fantastic and the workshops were extremely well received. The mixture of facilitator-led demonstrations and hands-on designing and making for the children worked really well for all involved.

This is our fifth year taking part in Engineers Week and it has become an integral part of our school programming. We are very much looking forward to planning some new and exciting workshops for Engineers Week 2015.

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