W5 come to Fermanagh – Sharing Summer Science
Hugely popular Science and Discovery Centre, W5, teamed up with Share Discovery Village to bring their new event, ‘Sharing Summer Science’ to Fermanagh, that included a variety of fun and exciting activities for the entire family.
The fun science event took place over 2 days, Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th of August.
Sharing Summer Science Activities
The families who booked their place, got the opportunity to take part in various activities to excite curious minds, explore new ideas, help understand and build cities of the future, making for an enjoyable, fun-filled adventure for everyone!
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.
Bringing W5 Science to Fermanagh
‘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.
W5 opened on the 30th March 2001 and has attracted over 3.5 million visitors. W5 has over 200 interactive exhibits spread over five levels.
The building also contains Climbit – a multi-story climbing structure, Space-base – a multi-sensory activity zone, a lecture theatre, a temporary exhibition space and ancillary facilities including a shop and café.
During 2017/18 W5 attracted 270,000 visitors, which included 30,000 pupils on formal education school visits.
Inspiring Science Fund
The Inspiring Science Fund is a £30 million capital scheme to support science centres across the UK, helping them rethink what they do and what they offer to the public.
The aims of the fund are to revitalise the offer of existing science centres through capital development, such as new exhibition spaces and learning centres, and the opportunity to develop meaningful and inclusive engagement with under-served and underrepresented audiences, engaging and inspiring new visitors.
The scheme is co-funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and Wellcome.
Take a look at the amazing photos from SHARE’s Charity Colour Run event here: Charity Colour Run