Armagh Observatory and Planetarium launch Christmas giveaway for schools with free copies of new children’s science book

Armagh Observatory and Planetarium is launching a special Christmas giveaway for schools by offering 850 free copies of a new science book for children.

The great book of experiences and bright ideas was designed and also written by the staff and was inspired by the success of the Planetarium’s online “Science @ Home” program, which the planetarium introduced during the lockdown to hold the informed public of the world of science.

Seeing so many aspiring young scientists and their families performing science experiments in their homes during the lockdown, the Planetarium team realized the potential that collating easily accessible information into one enjoyable book would have to create a useful resource for accessing science in a fun way. and practical way.

One copy of the new book will be sent to all elementary schools in the province, approximately 850 copies, including one copy to all P7 students in local schools in Armagh.

Education Minister Michelle McIlveen joined students from Campbell College who got a glimpse of the new book at a special event at the Planetarium last week, ahead of the book’s official launch today.

Schools will start receiving their copies next week.

Brightly Illustrated Science Book contains experiments with easy DIY instructions, insightful presentation videos, “did you know” facts and much more to help bring out the scientist in kids in the classroom or in the classroom. House.

It includes dozens of fun tasks to try out, such as making your own moon sand, making your own 3D planets, and producing your own intergalactic alien slime.

“Our mission is to conduct front-line research in astronomy and to make science accessible and easy to understand for everyone through education,” said Ria Mee, education manager at the Observatory and Planetarium of Armagh.

“During the pandemic we started with some experimental videos to keep people engaged and the ‘Science @ Home’ series gained popularity.

“It included online events with our research staff and other famous astronomers, virtual stargazing sessions and the fun part… try out science experiments at home!

“We are delighted that this book has been produced and that it is now accessible to all elementary school children.

“Our hope is that children will be inspired to embark on a scientific future and maybe even try a work experience with us. “

The Big Book of Experiments and Bright Ideas will be arriving in schools across the country over the next week, in time for Christmas.

The scientific book was funded by a Spark Award from the Science and Technology Facility Council and supported by the Department for Communities.

Copies will also be available for purchase at the Planetarium Gift Shop.

Arline J. Mercier