W5, Northern Ireland’s Science and Discovery Centre, and the Share Discovery Village teamed up to bring ‘Sharing Summer Science’ to Fermanagh, with a range of fun and exciting new activities for the whole family.
Over two days, 28th and 29th August families took part in a range of activities to excite curious minds, explore new ideas, help understand and build cities of the future and were able to enjoy a fun-filled adventure for all the family. In addition to the programme of indoor and outdoor science activities, families had the opportunity to participate in LEGO® robotics workshops, bringing computing to life through hands-on tasks and using technology to tackle real-world projects.
Supported by Lisnaskea’s Men’s Shed, Lough Erne Landscape Partnership, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, families were also able to make cakes for garden birds, learnt how to recycle waste and built outdoor shelters for the changeable Fermanagh weather.
‘Sharing Summer Science’ was an exciting opportunity for W5 to work with the Share Discovery Village to develop meaningful and inclusive engagement with new audiences in rural areas. The event supports the planned £4.5m investment to reimagine W5 scheduled to be completed in June 2020. This investment will not only support the creation of eight new themed exhibition zones within W5, but the launch of a new public engagement programme and methodology aimed at increasing public engagement and understanding of science. £3m of funding was awarded through the Inspiring Science Fund and a further £1.5m invested by the Odyssey Trust.