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Feb 28, 2019

Brigit’s Garden to develop an interactive Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Trail

With investment from Science Foundation Ireland, Brigit’s Garden will develop an interactive Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Trail to engage with families visiting Brigit’s Garden. The trail will encourage playful engagement and interaction and connect the relationship between science and nature. It will also be incorporated into the gardens existing education programmes for primary and post-primary schools. Installations will include a camera obscura cloud chamber, a water play area, power-generating bicycles and a weather station to reveal a few.

"This is an exciting new project to engage all the family when visiting Brigit’s Garden. The trail will unlock science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) through play, exploration and connecting with the natural world. There is so much to learn and appreciate about our natural heritage. We hope this trail will inspire passion in those who take part to connect with nature and see how STEM can contribute towards a more sustainable future." states Hedda Dick, Environmental Education Officer after her meeting with the Minister for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan TD, last week.

Speaking at the event, Minister Halligan said: "Science Foundation Ireland’s work in promoting science, technology, engineering and maths to the public stimulates very important public conversations around scientific research and encourages young people to consider pursuing a career path in these areas. To address the many global challenges we face across society and the economy, we must ensure that future generations of problem solvers have the opportunity to be inspired. Ireland continues to act as a hub for excellent research and the initiatives being funded through this year’s SFI Discover programme will help to generate enthusiasm for STEM and highlight the individual, societal and economic value of encouraging more people in Ireland to get involved."

Development of the STEM trail has already commenced and visitors can expect an official launch in September 2019.  Brigit’s Garden is a registered not for profit with all proceeds going to support the project.  www.brigitsgarden.ie



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