This week at Kileely House, Science Hub played host to fifteen curious minds from ages 8-12 to introduce them to a world of possibilities within the areas of Science and Multimedia. Over three days from Tuesday to Thursday, these very excited boys and girls from all round the city dabbled in a wide range of diverse activities, in order to show them just how all-encompassing the world of science is, and how various aspects of it apply directly to their everyday lives. Our resident Rock Star Scientist Seán was in the driver’s seat, with Cronan and Dom as co-pilots to bring their knowledge of art, digital music and image manipulation to the table.
The first day went straight into the world of digital photography, with a brief overview of what was involved before the gang went out armed with cameras and equipment to capture their own images. They then uploaded their images onto the computers in the Digi Hub; and with the help of Cronan and Seán showing them the basics of some really accessible editing software, they had great fun playing around with their pictures and bringing them to life or distorting them with hilarious results! They also spent a bit of time creating a character in the Art Hub that would be used within the software SCRATCH to become an animated cartoon with the right know-how.
Tuesday was extra-special for everyone in Limerick, due to it being Judge’s Day for our #Limerick2020 campaign to get the European City of Culture! The city centre was a hive of colour, sound, sights and festivities, and we were delighted to be able to bring our budding scientist and digital artists to Ormston House for Seán’s well-known Science & Magic show. The place was packed to the rafters with parents and kids of every age, and the atmosphere was electric! The venue was filled with pops and bangs and loud explosions, all of which went down a treat with adult and child alike.
The second day of the camp kicked off in the company of our fantastic Co-op students, who led the session with a focus on digital music and creating sound effects or music for the characters created in the SCRATCH software. Afterwards it was off to the Science Hub for a trio of experiments focusing on the different properties of waves, the most popular by far being the one where Seán demonstrated the speed of light by using melted chocolate – no surprises there!
The last session of the day saw the children putting their new-found know-how to good use up in the Digi Hub, where they combined their created characters with the sound effects and brought them to life using SCRATCH once agaain. We have some budding animators in the city, that’s for sure!
The third and final day of the camp explored the science of sound both digitally and through a scientific experiment where they got to explore the visual impact of sound-waves through sand, which they created into art pieces by applying fixing spray to their paper sheets once the shapes appeared.
The parents and guardians were then invited to come in and view all the projects in their various stages of completion both onscreen and on paper in their artwork. The gang had a ball showing off their new skills, and were presented with certs for all their hard work over the week. Seán, Cronan, Dom and the Co-op students were sorry to see them go, but with any luck most of the boys and girls will come back next year and add to the skills they’ve been gathering here at the Learning Hub!