Designer Minds Primary Science & Technology Club
September 26 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Designer Minds’ aims to increase the STEM skills of Cork and Kerry primary kids.
Designer Minds is an educational service for primary school children from 1st-6th class in Cork and Kerry. For one hour each week, Designer Minds clubs allow primary school children to explore science, design and technology in a hands-on and interactive manner. Clubs are designed to be fun yet educational with new projects, challenges and experiments carried out each week. The Designer Minds clubs will be run in Tralee, Killarney, Listowel, Mallow, Fermoy, Midleton, Cobh, Kinsale, Bandon, Carrigaline, Rochestown, Ballinlough, Lifetime Lab, Glanmire and Ballincollig.
Club sessions cover topics in science, technology, engineering, art and maths (STEAM) including physics, chemistry, biology, electronics and computing. Design and creativity are involved when exploring all of these subjects and children also engage in specific art and engineering activities.
“Our aim is to inspire a passion in younger children for STEAM topics so that they may become comfortable with these subjects before entering secondary school”, says Helena Lyne, director of Designer Minds. “Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths are becoming ever more important for future success and we want to show children that these subjects need not be boring! Our clubs are suitable for children who are interested in science, engineering and technology but also for creative types who can learn to use these subjects in an imaginative way”.
Each club session brings a new topic, for example, stop motion animation, chemical reactions, building circuits, coding and lego engineering. Sometimes, projects and experiments involve using simple everyday objects. Other sessions involve using equipment and materials not always found at home or at school; tablets, microscopes, conductive ink, magnets…. “This term, we are very excited to introduce ‘littlebits’ amazing little modules which make it easy to learn and prototype with electronics”.
Designer Minds is run by Helena and Donal Lyne, a husband and wife team who combined have qualifications in biochemistry, computer engineering and child psychology. More information can be found on their website: www.designerminds.ie or by calling Helena on 087 631 0411.