On June 28th 2016, AMBER, the Science Foundation Ireland funded materials science centre based at Trinity College Dublin, launched their EngAGE with Science Toolkit, an intergenerational programme which introduces the world of materials science to schoolchildren and senior citizens. During 2015, AMBER and its project partners, Trinity EngAGE, Trinity Access Programme, Age Action, St Andrew’s Resource Centre and Campus Engage, facilitated this project for twenty-two 6th Class students of St Brigid’s Primary School and seven adult participants of St Andrew’s Resource Centre.
Throughout this 8-week programme, participating children and adults were given insight into the kind of work which is done in a nanoscience research centre. They toured AMBER’s microscopy labs and viewed the powerful electron microscopes housed there. They also met many of AMBER’s researchers who gave a first-hand account of what it’s like to be at the cutting edge of Irish nanoscience research. The EngAGE with Science participants visited AMBER Centre, St Andrew’s Resource Centre and St Brigid’s Primary School as a way of sharing their new knowledge of materials science amongst every member of the programme. In the final week of EngAGE with Science, all involved were presented with certificates of participation and prizes were awarded to winning entries in a group poster project.
Miriam Harte, AMBER Education and Public Engagement Officer said, “EngAGE with Science offered a unique approach to intergenerational learning between primary students and senior citizens. The enthusiasm within the group was contagious and helped make the programme hugely enjoyable for all involved. Each week our community of participants looked forward to seeing one another and learning more about materials science research together at Trinity College Dublin. Here at AMBER, we were absolutely delighted to have been given this opportunity by Science Foundation Ireland throughout 2015.”
“EngAGE with Science” was funded through the Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover programme in 2014. The project ran from May to December 2015. Any further queries about this programme should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.