Inaugural NI Science Festival to Pick Up STEAM at Nerve Centre

Inaugural NI Science Festival to Pick Up STEAM at Nerve Centre

Families, teachers and school pupils will have the opportunity to get hands on with an exciting series of free workshops, training sessions and more delivered through Nerve Centre’s Creative Learning Centre and FabLab facility, as part of the Northern Ireland Science Festival.

John Peto, director of education, said: ‘Breaking down barriers around Science and Technology in schools and communities is a big part of what the Nerve Centre does through our FabLab and Creating STEAM projects, so we jumped at the opportunity to get involved in Northern Ireland’s first annual Science Festival.

‘We are offering teachers, pupils and communities the opportunity to get hands on with Science and Technology and learn something new with a smile on their face. The whole Science Festival programme is stuffed with fun, interesting things to do so there’s no excuse for anyone not to get involved.’

Running from February 19 - March 1, the stimulating nationwide programme focuses on the wonders of science, engineering, technology and mathematics with interactive activities encouraging young people to explore their creativity and imagination.

In FabLab Nerve Centre anyone aged 8 -16 can embrace the future of product manufacturing at after school and family drop-in sessions, offering access to the latest computer controlled technologies, from CNC routers to laser cutters.

Whether you’re a young maker in waiting or just curious about what’s possible with a 3D printer these workshops are a great chance to get a taste for digital fabrication and create something of your very own to take home like a customized t-shirt.

A programme of practical outreach sessions for teachers and learners across the Key Stages will also be delivered as part of the Creative Learning Centre Schools Programme.

Creating STEAM at the Nerve Centre uses creative digital technologies to encourage learning in STEM areas, deepen understanding of scientific theories and make subjects both accessible and engaging with dedicated workshops exploring the science of animation, interactive coding and more.

One of a number of CPD twilight sessions offered in partnership with Into Film, Shooting Science! will demonstrate to teachers how they can create engaging and informative films themselves using mobile devices to add an extra layer of depth to communicating about science in the classroom.

Places on all sessions are limited and booking is essential. Full details and dates of individual workshops can be found at http://nervecentre.org/whats-on.

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