Liftoff as planetarium delivers free science books to libraries – Armagh I




Pictured, left to right, are Helen McLoughlin, AOP, Cathy Donnelly, Libraries NI, and Ria Mee, AOP.

Two hundred copies of a new science book from Armagh Observatory & Planetarium (AOP) have been distributed to all libraries in Northern Ireland.

The Great Book of Experiences and Brilliant Ideas was designed and written by planetarium staff.

It is inspired by the success of the planetarium’s [email protected] online program, set up during the confinement to guarantee the public access to information on the world of science.

The success of the program, which saw budding young scientists and their families engage in science experiments at home, inspired the team to compile the easily accessible information into a book.

Brightly illustrated to appeal to curious young minds, the book offers experiments with simple instructions, step-by-step, “did you know?” facts and more.

There are dozens of fun tasks to try, such as making your own moon sand, creating your own 3D planets, and producing your own intergalactic alien slime.

Education Manager Ria Mee, Armagh Observatory and Planetarium, said: “It is a pleasure to partner with NI Libraries for the distribution of our great book of experiences and insights. bright ideas.

“At AOP, our mission is to conduct cutting-edge research in astronomy and ensure that science is accessible and digestible for everyone.

“Our hugely popular [email protected] series was designed to keep people interested in science during the pandemic. It included fun science experiments to try at home, as well as virtual stargazing sessions.

“We are delighted to have this book made available to school children in libraries across the country and hope it will help inspire future scientists in Northern Ireland.”

Cathy Donnelly, Library Manager for the Armagh City branch, said: ‘Libraries are committed to providing free access to books and information to all members of the community across Northern Ireland and it is extremely important to provide our next generation with access to STEM educational materials.

“The big book of experiences and bright ideas will be of particular interest to our Gadgeteers Summer Reading Challenge participants, inspiring their young minds while helping them keep reading for fun over the summer holidays.”

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

Copies will be available for purchase at the planetarium gift shop.




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