A postgraduate student at University College Cork (UCC) is providing a free online weekly activity programme for children interested in science and technology.
Marinara Marcato, a PhD student at the Tyndall National Institute in UCC and part-time STEAM teacher, set-up the SMART Edu Club to create high quality, educational content for children in a fun and engaging way.
She is now running a free weekly programme online for children aged 7 years and older which will include topics such as binary number and text encoding, data encryption, GPS coordinates and systems, and drones.
“With SMART Edu Club we want to create online content and activities that children can do from home with easily accessible household materials. The activities can be done individually or with guidance from parents,” said Ms Marcato.
“We want the children to follow a story, engage with our animations and apply what they learn in a practical project. From my experience that’s what the kids enjoy the most, seeing their knowledge come to life,” she added.
Fellow students Jean Matias and Vicky Burke are assisting Ms Marcato on the project.
Prof William Scanlon, CEO, Tyndall National Institute at UCC said that the students were “outstanding examples of Tyndall’s creativity and collaboration during these exceptional times” “It is very exciting to see their initiative presenting such an invaluable opportunity to support the challenge of "home schooling" during the current crisis. We all look forward to following the progress and the success of their enterprise" he added.
The programme will run until April 25th at https://smarteduclub.com/challenge/.