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Monday 22 September 2014

Drama and science camp a huge success

Janine Kavanagh

Published 26/07/2014 | 12:00

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School wasn't out last week as DkIT's inaugural Performing Science Summer Camp took place. The programme, which mixed science and drama, spread out over the entire week and encouraged the 15 students participating with experiments and games.

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For just €100 for the full week, the children got the chance to learn about science in a fun and encouraging way. Drama games and role-playing were used to make the facts more interesting and help the kids to remember what they'd learned. Camp co-ordinator and DkIT lecturer Bridget Kelly, along with 4 postgraduate students, taught the kids about microbiology and chemistry, examining creepy crawlies from a nearby river and doing fun activities with safe chemicals. They even had an expert come in to teach the kids all about sound and how it works!

With the nice weather for most of last week, the kids sometimes got a break from the Black Box Theatre and science building to enjoy the sunshines outside. Co-ordinator Bridget Kelly was very happy with how it turned out and the feedback she got from both parents and kids.

When asked if she would do it again, she was all ears, 'it's a lot of organising but I absolutely would do it'. If they try the camp again, she says it will be 'bigger and better'.

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