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Guided tours of the Great Telescope, Steam Turbine and the I-LOFAR.
Saturday 24 February

Your tour will visit the key engineering areas on site as well as a visit to the Science Centre which takes you on a journey through the amazing engineering feats of the past and present. Guided tours will take place at: 11:00, 12:45 & 14:30 (SOLD OUT) on the day. General Admission ticket required. (50% OFF general admission tickets on the day). A very family friendly event for the next generation of Superheroes!

SOLD OUT Engineers Week Workshops for Primary Students Wednesday 28 February and Thursday 1 March (School Group Bookings Only)

We are excited to announce a number of hands on workshops hosted by Dr Niamh Shaw, Scientist and space explorer from CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory
. Workshops are aimed at 4th, 5th and 6th class. We have two workshops each day at 10:00 and at 11:30 – the workshops will last about 45 minutes. As an add on to the workshop a guided tour to the Great Telescope will be included. The workshops focus on Engineering in Space and the International Space Station
These activities are designed to inspire children to explore Engineering and Science through space and astronomy. Activities will be tailored to specific age groups and will be linked to the relevant school curriculum. The workshops will encourage children to use a mixture of skills including creativity, problem solving, teamwork and experimentation, all of which are key to what engineers do.

Children will have the opportunity to build a robot arm influenced by the one used by astronauts used on the International Space Station. Materials used are basic and it is all about the use of the creative mind. Workshops are fun and imaginative.
• Cost per child for the workshop is €4.50.
• Capacity: 26 – 30 students per workshop.
• Teacher much be present throughout the workshop.
• Pre-booking is essential.
• Limited space available.

To book please call T. 057 9120336 between 10:00 and 16:00 daily.
Useful reference sites:
Birr Castle Gardens & Science Centre www.birrcastle.com/education
Engineers Ireland visit www.engineersweek.ie
Dr Niamh Shaw www.niamhshaw.ie
www.primaryscience.ie

I-Lofar (Irish Low Frequency Array) Telescope

I-LOFAR (Irish Low Frequency Array), a very new and exciting project here at Birr Castle Demesne. Following the award of 1.4 million from Science Foundation Ireland to Trinity College, Trinity have built a cutting edge radio telescope here at Birr Castle Demesne. The new I-LOFAR connects Ireland to the international LOFAR telescope. Birr Castle Demesne is the perfect location for such a project following on in the spectacular shadows of the “Leviathan” otherwise known as the Great Telescope which was built at Birr Castle back in 1845 and the Leviathan remained that largest telescope in the world for 75 years.
For more information on this exciting project please visit http://www.lofar.ie a project run by Trinity College Dublin.

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