Monday 18 December 2017

'Deadly' workshop for children gets top prize

Don Lavery

A Bray, Co Wicklow-based astronomer and enthusiast has been honoured for her work with children about the moon and the universe.

The interactive drawing workshop 'Deadly Moons' for children, created by Deirdre Kelleghan, was recognised for its educational value by one of the world's most prestigious science publications.

Science Magazine, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, gave the Spore (Science Prize for Online Resources in Education) to Ms Kelleghan and the European Universe Awareness initiative (UNAWE) for her 'Deadly Moons' workshops.

In the workshops, children aged 6-12 learn about the earth's moon and other exotic moons in our solar system -- which often prompts them to describe the course as "deadly", hence the name.

"When I found UNAWE was looking for downloadable resources, I was delighted to offer the 'Deadly Moons' workshop as they could reach more children than I could ever do," Ms Kelleghan said.

Sunday Independent

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