Lo­cal Brown­ies show­case wa­ter so­lu­tions in DCU

GIRLS CRE­ATE WA­TER SUS­TAIN­ABIL­ITY IDEAS US­ING LEGO

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS - By ALI­SON COMYN

MEM­BERS of Monaster­boice Brown­ies and Clogher­head Brown­ies are chang­ing the world, brick by brick!

The lo­cal lasses were among 200 mem­bers of Ir­ish Girl Guides to come up with a se­lec­tion of in­no­va­tive wa­ter so­lu­tions us­ing Lego, which they re­cently show­cased at an expo in Dublin City Univer­sity.

The seven to 10-year olds worked in teams of four and spent five weeks re­search­ing the is­sue of wa­ter sus­tain­abil­ity and ex­plor­ing in­no­va­tive ways to pre­serve wa­ter.

“Ir­ish Girl Guides be­lieves in chal­leng­ing stereo­types and we have un­der­taken a num­ber of ini­tia­tives in re­cent years to en­cour­age our mem­bers to pur­sue STEM sub­jects in school and to con­sider pur­su­ing ca­reers in STEM,” said Ir­ish Girl Guides Na­tional Pro­gramme and Train­ing Com­mis­sioner Jenny Gan­non

“We are also com­mit­ted to en­cour­ag­ing our girls to dream big and to take ac­tion to make a dif­fer­ence in their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and in the wider world.

Each team de­signed, built and pro­grammed an au­ton­o­mous mo­torised Lego model in­cor­po­rat­ing a range of sen­sors and mo­tors.

They also de­signed a poster with di­a­grams of the so­lu­tion they had come up with, the fea­si­bil­ity of ex­e­cut­ing the project and de­tails of the pro­gramme used. Each group of four girls also un­der­went an in­ter­view about their project.

Their work cul­mi­nated in an expo – sim­i­lar to the BT Young Sci­en­tist Ex­hi­bi­tion - where the girls dis­played their projects and were on hand to ex­plain to fam­i­lies, friends and vis­i­tors the cre­ative so­lu­tions they had come up with.

The project, Ir­ish Girl Guides In­no­va­tively En­gag­ing with STEM (IGGIES), is a part­ner­ship with Dublin City Univer­sity’s Lear­nit Lego Ed­u­ca­tion and is spon­sored by Sci­ence Foun­da­tion Ire­land.

Ir­ish Girl Guides wel­comes new mem­bers from age 5+ and vol­un­teer lead­ers from age 18+. No pre­vi­ous Guid­ing ex­pe­ri­ence is nec­es­sary.

To find out more, see www. irish­girl­guides.ie or tel: 01 6683898.

Mem­bers of Monaster­boice Brown­ies and Clogher­head Brown­ies who show­cased their Lego sus­tain­able wa­ter so­lu­tions at an ‘Ir­ish Girl Guides In­no­va­tively En­gag­ing with STEM’ expo at Dublin City Univer­sity

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