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W5 partners with Sure Start on exciting new science education initiative

  • W5 has launched a brand new interactive learning experience for children in the Greater Belfast area entitled "A Dragon from the Lagan," which has been jointly launched via Northern Ireland’s Science and Discovery Centre and Sure Start.

    Sure Start is an initiative that supports parents with children under four years old who are living in disadvantaged areas in Northern Ireland. The programme has the capacity to support a mother from pregnancy to when their child commences school, with constant support and emphasis on care to give children the best start in life.

    Sure Start recognises the crucial role parents have in the development of their children, and the organisation is keen to involve the parents in education and development from day one. The group has now partnered with the Science and Discovery Centre to launch the new "Dragon from the Lagan" book as an interactive learning experience to encourage young children to engage with science.

    All families currently associated with Sure Start were invited to the launch of the programme, which included a tour of the Science and Discovery Centre as well as a reading of the book. The programme has been supported by the Community Foundation for NI and the Big Lottery Fund, and this investment is enabling the programme to support 100 families from Sure Start schemes across greater Belfast.

    "The Trust and W5 are always looking at new and creative ways to support wider public engagement in the enhanced learning opportunities we have on offer. We believe that this initiative, in which we have been delighted to partner with Sure Start, will play a role in breaking down some of the barriers which stand in the way of those wishing to visit W5 and engage with STEM subjects from a young age," commented Wendy Langham, Head of Social Affairs at Odyssey Trust.

    "By demonstrating the easy connectivity from the east to west of the city on the Glider, supporting access to our facilities and igniting children’s interest in science through the publication of ‘The Dragon from the Lagan Goes to W5’ we hope that more children and families will choose to embark on their own personal journey of adventure and discovery in the future," continued, Wendy Langham.

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