A student from Ard Scoil Chiarain is set to play a starring role in a new national series of science books.
Andy Lowbridge (13) played a significant role in designing the books and is now one of the nine members of Ireland’s most influential young people group ‘The Wonder Panel,’ who have been working on the four Science Apprentice books for the past five months.
Andy and other members of the group were recruited through a national competition by University College Dublin which was looking for what it terms ‘stretchy thinkers’ – children full of wonder who enjoy figuring things out.
The group of primary school age
advisors have worked with the Science Apprentice team to form the questions and answers that make the books invaluable to
Irish schoolchildren – and they even get to appear in the books themselves.
“I love science and always have. I love
doing experiments, and how they can lead to breakthroughs that have helped people
improve our lives and become more modern,” said student Andy.
“Without science, we wouldn’t have a world as good as it is today.
“Our main role in the project was listening and giving our ideas. My favourite book to work on was ‘How It’s Made’ as it deals with computers and things that interest me in that area.
‘’I’d love to be a physicist when I’m an adult,” said Andy.
The Science Apprentice books will encourage children and adults alike to explore the science, technology, engineering and mathematics of the world around us.
The books Superbodies, Up In The Air, Illusion and How It’s Made are produced by University College Dublin and partners and supported by the Science Foundation Ireland Discover Programme and the Environmental Protection Agency.
The books all contain Augmented Reality elements that have been created by the team at the Virtual Reality Lab in University College Dublin.
The Science Apprentice books are available to order for schools and are free to collect with the Irish Independent in SuperValu stores every Saturday in November.