Armagh Observatory & Planetarium inspiring the scientists of tomorrow

Armagh Observatory and Planetarium’s (AOP) hugely popular Science at Home series is set to be rolled out to schools through the creation of a new book and accompanying app.

The programme, which is delivered via AOP’s social media platforms, guides young people on how to conduct science experiments safely at home as well as delivering space-themed learning through fun and informative tasks and crafts.

Science at Home was initially launched as a resource to help keep young people entertained through fun learning during lockdown. It has been widely praised by both parents and teachers for bolstering home-schooling activities during school closures.

Soap and Pepper Experiment

Now, the team at Armagh Observatory and Planetarium has received funding from the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) to transform the programme into a book which will be distributed free to schools along with an accompanying app so pupils can watch the experiments in video form.

Armagh Observatory & Planetarium Education and Outreach Manager, Sinead Mackle said: “We are delighted to receive this funding from SFTC. Our Science at Home series has been so well received during the lockdown period and we are excited at the prospect of it being used to inspire the scientists of tomorrow in schools. We want our book and app to have a local feel which reflects the science that is also being conducted at Armagh Observatory and Planetarium (AOP) which links in with STFC science.

“Our aim is to show how science is important to everyone and to spark an interest in young people through a range of experiments that can be conducted at school or at home that will invigorate and inspire them to start asking questions about science.”

The book and app are a perfect example of how Armagh Observatory and Planetarium is passionate about working with schools and supporting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) learning while also embracing new technology to create immersive and inclusive learning environments for young people.

Armagh Observatory and Planetarium is currently closed to visitors but you can keep up to date with the Science at Home programme and other developments by visiting https://www.facebook.com/armaghplanet/


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