Primary Times Start Award Recipients

2015 was a great year for our summer camps. We had new venues and lots of new leaders and children. Attendance at our camps from international students continues to grow – we had children from Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, USA, Spain, Switzerland, France,Belguim and Italy as well as our Irish children.

Among the teens favourite activities were spectroscopy and participation in the Royal Society of Chemistry Global experiment about Hydrogels.

Among the younger children favourites from 2015 were bubbles, pneumatic trucks and marine biology.

Two of our leaders went to L’Ecole Chantemerle in Blonay, Switzerland to deliver our camp there too.

We were delighted to be voted as one of the top 5 summer camps and given the Primary Times Star Award for 2015.

News from the Team

Good Luck Theresa

It is with much sadness that we say good bye to Theresa who has been working with us for the last 2 years. Many of you will have met Theresa at camps, afterschool clubs, in schools or at birthday parties. Theresa who is originally from Canada has decided to return home to follow a career as a teacher there. Best of luck Theresa. You will be missed

Congratulations Michael and Anne Marie

Many of you from Cork and Limerick will have had Michael and Anne Marie lead your camps. At the end of July Michael and /Anne-Marie got married. I am sure you would like to join me in congratulating them and wishing them many years of health and happiness together.

Parlez-vous Francais?

Dara, our leader in Trinity and at numerous other Dublin camps, is heading off to do some research at the University of Lille for 4 months. Have a blast Dara and come back fluent  – we need leaders for our new french division.

Future Plans

Now that the autumn is almost here we have great plans for the next 12 months. Our after school science clubs are just about to kick off. All the existing clubs will restart and we are delighted to have new clubs starting in Kerry, Wexford and North Dublin. If you would like to get a club going in your area do let us know and we will do our best to get one started.

At Halloween we are planning one day Spooky Science camps with anatomy, chemistry, dissections and much more. We have almost 20 venues all across the country so check out our website to find the one that is nearest to you.

In Feb 2016 we are planning engineering workshops where the children will learn about forces and motion and make some fairground techcard models.

Easter 2016 will be all about flight – from helium to hot air, Newton to Bernoulli there is something for everyone in these fun 2 day camps.

New for Summer 2016 – as well as offering our camps throughout Ireland and in Switzerland this year we are also going to offer our teen camps “as gaeilge” and “en francais” so if you love science but also want to up your language skills what better way to do it than to combine the two! Perhaps we will extend this language and science combination to some of our camps for younger children too. Let us know what you think.