May – September
Explore habitats and biodiversity. Learn about food chains and lifecycles. Using identification keys, magnifying glasses, bug viewers, butterfly and pond dipping nets discover the wonderful world of nature and become an amateur naturalist for the day. Create your own woodland creature that tells the story of your journey through the demesne.
PERFECT FOR YOUNGER CLASSES!
“Very well organised and interesting trip. No stress on the teacher, children engaged and learning. Happy days” – F Lee
The Rocket Launch
What are rockets? How do they work?
Learn the history and science behind a rocket launch, design and build your very own ballistic rocket and launch it to the International Space Station. Who will successfully dock with the ISS? Whose rocket will travel the furthest?
“Facilitator so capable. Workshop very well planned and prepared. Activity so engaging and exciting. Workshop so well structured. It was the most successful trip we have ever done. We will come again!” – M Murphy
DPSM accredited workshop
Float Your Boat – Engineering
Inspired by Charles Parsons, learn the science behind boats. How does a boat float? Design and build a variety of boats and test their maximum cargo limit, speed and tracking. Evaluate and improve design and race your balloon powered boats in our outdoor pond.
“Wonderful experience. Children very much enjoyed it and learned a lot. Great delivery. Exactly at the correct level of challenge for learning. Very engaging. Lovely to hear some local history too in the beautiful surroundings. Practical work was super. Children loved it!” – Y ni Earchadha
DPSM accredited workshop
Explore climate change and the greenhouse effect in a child-friendly way. Using inquiry-based learning, the pupils will explore how carbon dioxide is produced within modern society, how this impacts upon global warming and how a warmer climate affects everything from sea levels to biodiversity. A variety of scientific experiments and investigations will help them draw their own conclusions as to what steps we can take to reduce our carbon footprint.
“Very active, engaging and interesting. So much learned!” – L Murphy
The Great Telescope
Great astronomical discoveries were made in Birr. It was home to the largest telescope in the world for 75 years and is now home to I-LOFAR, an enormous international radio telescope. Join us as we share the story of the 3rd Earl, Mary Rosse and their incredible feat of designing and building the Leviathan! What did they discover when they looked further into space than anybody had done before? Learn about light, how a telescope works and build your very own mini telescope.
“Hands on experiments, good resources in a comfortable learning environment.” – S Slevin
Common Sense – Nature Awareness
How do our senses compare with those of animals? How do our senses work when put to the test in isolation? Can we still taste if we can’t smell? Can we identify smell if we can’t see? How good are our senses of sight and hearing? Using full immersion games, activities and experiments we will learn about our human senses and how they work. We will learn some amazing facts about animal senses, why they developed and how we compare. What are the super senses that we don’t have? Are we really the top animal on the planet? Be prepared for some surprises.
“The way in which the facilitator kept the children engaged through active learning – the workshop was buzzing with energy. It was an excellent workshop.” – J Dunne
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