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Nationwide search underway for wonder kids to help create science books

Tuesday, 13 March, 2018 

A nationwide search has begun for six curious and inventive children to join a Wonder Panel which will help create a new generation of science books called Science Apprentice.

UCD Research and Innovation are looking for so-called “stretchy thinkers”, children full of wonder who enjoy figuring things out, to take part in a unique gathering that will help create a series of exciting books.

In the weekly Science Apprentice series, published by UCD and supported by Science Foundation Ireland and the Environmental Protection Agency, readers are brought on an interactive journey from how things are made, super bodies, virtual and augmented reality to clean cities and all topics to do with the air.

“We are looking for six children aged between 8-12 to contribute to this year’s editions of the highly-successful Science Apprentice series,” said Alex Boyd, Project Manager with UCD Research and Innovation.

“In 2016, our Science Apprentice series of five fun books was a hit with readers, and encouraged children and adults of all ages to explore the science, technology, engineering and mathematics of the world around us.

The successful UCD and Irish Independent Wonder Panel advisors will meet a number of times to tease out the ideas in the books in a fun way, with their parents and teachers being offered an opportunity to join in. Participation will involve three trips to UCD on Friday afternoons on April 20, May 18 and June 22.

“The Wonder Panel will meet the scientists involved in the project and work with them in figuring out how to create the best books possible. The panel will also help the writer develop our stories and help our designer with page and character design,” added Alex Boyd.

Two of the Wonder Kids will become characters themselves in the books, joining established characters Phil, Izzy and Rover the dog on their exploration though Irish STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

"We can learn a lot from stretchy thinkers. They help us to stretch our understanding of the world, by asking more questions and trying new things,” said Sorcha Browne from the School of Education at UCD.  Sorcha is developing a set of workshops and teacher resources as part of the Science Apprentice project.

The books will be distributed in partnership with the Irish Independent and SuperValu later in the year.


If your child would like to be involved in this creative adventure, simply go to Closing date is Friday March 16.