Science Magic & Titanic for the Midlands!

Located on the banks of the River Lagan, at Odyssey, the Northern Ireland Landmark Millennium Project, W5 provides spectacular views of Belfast and the River and is only a short walk from Belfast City Centre. With over 250 amazing interactive exhibits in four incredible exhibition areas, W5 provides a unique experience as well as fantastic fun for visi tors of all ages. In addition to permanent exhibits, W5 also presents a changing programme of large and small scale temporary exhibitions and events.

We are so excited to welcome W5 to the Midlands this November and we spoke to Matthew to find out more about what this will all be about!

Can you tell us about W5, what is stands for and its main role?

W5 is Northern Ireland’s premiere science and discovery centre, sitting on the bank of the River Lagan in the Odyssey Complex in Belfast. The centre itself has 250+ interactive exhibits spread across several floors, as well as facilities for school workshops, daily science shows and our amazing 3-s torey-tall Climbit attraction.

We get our name from five words beginning with ‘w’ that inquisitive minds often use – who, what, where, when and why. Our Core Ideology, which is at our very foundation, is “To Fire the Spirit of Discovery”, and our mission is to unlock the creativity and scientist in everyone. We achieve these aims with our interactive exhibition floors, demonstration shows, outreach, school workshops and larger education programmes.

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Our education team comes from a diverse array of backgrounds – marine biology, chemistry, geology, his tory, teaching, environmental science and even music! Such a wide array of expertise lets us come up with some really good ideas for shows and workshops, and we all share the same passion for communicating with audiences and engaging with the public in new exciting and interactive ways.

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We are delighted that W5 will be coming to the Midlands this year, what can pupils expect from your workshops?

Our shows in Abbeyleix NS will be fun and informative, as well as highly interactive! We always develop shows with audience participation in mind, so we will need plenty of volunteers to help. The show we will be performing is called The Trouble with Titanic, and Abbeyleix has a special his toric link to the ship in that the carpets on it were made there, so that will make our visit all the more fitting.

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It’s important that we spend time celebrating the things that matter to us most, and science is no exception. Science Week provides a programme of events that promote science in new and exciting ways to children and young people all across the country, helping them gain new perspective on some things they have learned in their education, but also hopefully opening their eyes to things they may not have seen before. Often these are opportunities that they may not have had otherwise.