Lifetime Lab, with its interactive exhibition area, Steam Centre Experience, dedicated classroom space, onsite playground and its historical importance, is an ideal location to engage primary school children with STEM subjects.
Lifetime Lab offers a range of SESE curriculum-linked Discover Primary Science and Maths accredited workshops from September to June. Historical school tours of the Old Cork Waterworks are also available.
Discover Primary Science & Maths School Tours
School tours of Lifetime Lab are facilitated by helpful and friendly staff. A 90-minute primary school tour includes time at the interactive exhibition where children will be entertained and stimulated while learning about energy, water, waste and a whole range of other environmental issues. In the Steam Centre, they get an opportunity to appreciate the technology used in the past to supply water to Cork city. Children can also let off their own brand of steam in the playground and garden before departure!
MathsWorks @ Lifetime Lab
Mathsworks is a stimulating and fun introduction to elementary maths, motivating pupils to engage with maths through sight, sound, touch and movement. Each workshop includes a short presentation before participating in a series of hands-on, fun math’s based activities covering multiplication, symmetry, problem solving and transformations.
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has also teamed up with Lifetime Lab to provide a series of interactive energy workshops for Cork primary schools pupils. There are two workshops on offer, Senior Energy Workshops are aimed at 3rd-6th class and 'Guzzler' Energy Workshops are suitable for 1st and 2nd class.
Primary Science Workshops @ Lifetime Lab
Schools participate in hands-on science investigations and learn about topics such as energy, electricity and magnetism, forces, materials, rocks and soils, the senses and more. The primary science workshops focus on the skills, concept development and content objectives of the SESE curricula in the design of the workshops and is mindful that activities modelled in the science workshop represent feasible classroom practice.
Lifetime Lab often hosts workshops on behalf of external organisations including An Taisce (Green Schools), The Marine Institute and Steps to Engineering.