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Education at Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre

Birr Castle Great Telescope - Science and Education, Ireland

Space week 2018 at Birr CastleSaturday 6 October – Teaching Earth and Space in the Junior Cycle Conference
http://www.spaceweek.ie/events/teaching-earth-and-space-in-the-junior-cycle/

Junior Cycle Teacher’s Conference
Saturday 6th October
09:15-17:00
Location Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre

Teaching Earth and Space in the Junior Cycle
Practical workshops, inspirational speakers on space and panel discussions supporting the Earth and Space Strand. This one-day conference is for teachers of Junior Cycle Science.

Brought to you by CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, Science Foundation Ireland, ESERO, Birr Castle and JCT

Please book via the provided link below. This is a pre-booked event.
https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/junior-cycle-teachers-conference-tickets-44214764551

POST PRIMARY SCHOOL EVENT

Monday 8th October

Rosetta Project Talk at Birr Theatre and Arts Centre – Dr Geraint Morgan of Open University

The Rosetta spacecraft was launched by ESA in 2004 and arrived at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on 6 August 2014. It was the first mission in history to rendezvous with a comet, escort it as it orbited the Sun, and deploy a lander (Philae) to the surface of a comet.

Geraint was part of The Open University’s team that developed the Ptolemy instrument on board the Philae Lander which analysed material released from the comet during the lander’s descent and rebounds.

Check back for updates, including details of how to book, in the coming weeks.

ROCKET LAUNCH EVENT - Birr CastleSPACE WEEK SCHOOL WORKSHOP

Celebrating Space Week at Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre

Dates: 4, 5, 8, 9 and 10 October,

Workshop times: 10:00-11:30 or 13:00-14:30

Workshop duration: 1.5 Hour Rocket make and launch.

Pre-booking is essential/places are limited.

Workshop brief:

How do rockets work? Learn the science behind a rocket launch, design and build a ballistic rocket and launch it to the International Space Station. Who will successfully dock with the ISS? Can we use our knowledge of angles to improve our accuracy? Whose rocket will travel the furthest? A fun and engaging workshop suitable for 3rd class and up.

€5 per child. Teachers free.

To book or for more information contact Alison at email: education@birrcastle.com

Mission Control - Birr CastleMATHS WEEK SCHOOL WORKSHOP

Mission Control

Dates: 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 October

Workshop times: 10:00 to 11:30 and 13:00 – 14:30

Workshop brief:
Have you got what it takes to be an astronaut? Join us for our fun and non-competitive maths mission as we challenge you, our budding space travellers, to develop your astronaut skills with puzzles, co-ordination, memory, measuring and recording activities. You will learn about our solar system and plan a journey into space. Will you pass the selection test and make it to another planet? Only time will tell. Good luck to you all.

Suitable for 4th Class and up.

€5 per child. Teachers free.

To book or for more information contact Alison at email education@birrcastle.com

Da Vinci Inventing the Impossible – Science WeekSCIENCE WEEK SCHOOL WORKSHOP

Da Vinci Inventing the Impossible – Science Week

Date: 12th November

Workshop times: 11:00 – 12:30 [SOLD OUT] or 14:00 – 15:30

DESCRIPTION
Inventing The Impossible is a workshop with artist Paul Timoney in character as Leonardo da Vinci with his colleague Mona Lisa. These workshops explore how Leonardo da Vinci used drawing as a means of exploring and developing ideas. His notebooks are populated with observational drawings exploring people, their expressions, musculature and movement. There are theories about the inner workings of the digestive system, eyes and brain. This workshop allows the participants to meet Leonardo and Mona Lisa who will show them some pages from Leonardo’s notebooks and explain his process, emphasising the relationship between focused observation and free imagination.
Participants will also get to make their own Renaissance drawing tools. Through the workshops, participants will end up with a drawing of the Mona Lisa on a large sheet of paper surrounded by a variety of interesting questions and ideas. Midlands Science will document these works for display at a later date and circulation online.

Bookings via this below link only. 14:00 – 15:00 Workshop
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/inventing-the-impossible-leonardo-da-vinci-workshops-tickets-49328664363

Common senseSCIENCE WEEK SCHOOL WORKSHOP

Common Sense

Workshop dates 13, 14, 15, 16 November

Workshop times: 10:00-11:30 and 12:30-14:00 (limited places, this is a pre-book event)

Workshop brief
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 actually 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.

Suitable for 3rd Class and up.
€5 per child. Teachers free.
To book or for more information contact Alison at education@birrcastle.com

School Tours at Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre

At Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre we have designed a range of school tour packages to suit all group sizes and ages. Our tours are designed to be fun and educational,
and aim at inspiring students to explore science, astronomy, engineering and biodiversity.
Please see details below on our specially designed tour packages: Discover Primary School Maths and Science Tour/Guided Discovery Tour/Discovery Quest Tour.

Discover Primary Maths and Science Tour
Suitable for 3rd – 6th class
At Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre your class will enter a world of fun-filled exploration.
Your class will embark on a journey like no other as they encounter rivers, waterfalls, a lake, a 17th century castle, the famous Great Telescope, the historical Science Centre,
Ireland’s Tallest Treehouse and the I-LOFAR Radio Telescope.
This tour includes an interactive workshop, where students work in groups to launch rockets!
If your school is participating in the Discover Primary Science and Maths Programme,
a visit to us will count towards your Award of Science Excellence.
€10.00 per student

Guided Discovery Tour
Suitable from age 5 upwards

The Guided Discovery Tour at Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre is designed to bring out the little explorer in both students and teachers alike!
Our experienced tour guide will take your students on an inspiring tour of one of Ireland’s most extraordinary places. Students will encounter rivers, waterfalls, a lake, a 17th century castle, the famous Great Telescope, the historic Science Centre,
the I-LOFAR radio telescope and Ireland’s Tallest Treehouse.
€7.00 per student

Discovery Quest Tour – New May 2018
Suitable from age 8 – 12

The Discovery Quest Tour at Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre is a brand new fun and educational tour!
Students will be given a quest to complete as they journey through history, astronomy, science and biodiversity. During their visit they can explore the historic Science Centre, the famous Great Telescope, the I-LOFAR radio telescope, rivers, waterfalls, a lake, a 17th century castle, and Ireland’s Tallest Treehouse!
€6.00 per student