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Halloween Family Break

Belfast






The Titanic Exhibition


The Titanic Exhibition, recently voted Europes #1 Visitor Attraction, really is a must see in Belfast. With interactive exhibits, breath taking insights into the sunken ship and even a rollercoaster built inside the building, there is no chance of the kids getting bored! Don't forget to take the tour of the SS Nomadic, directly across from the Titanic Exhibition. It is the last surviving boat to have ferried passengers over to board the Titanic.



Giants Causeway


If the weather permits, take a gander at the iconic Giant's Causeway,just over an hour's drive north of Belfast..



Game of Thrones Tour



If you have older teens joining you on your Halloween getaway then the Game of Thrones tour is a great bonding experience. Dress up like a Stark, wield swords and see all the filming locations used on the show! Just note that these tours wouldn't suit young children.



W5

Something that would suit young kids however, is the W5 Discovery Centre, located just 5 minutes from the Titanic Exhibit. This centre is gaurunteed to give both kids and parents a fun filled day of activities and learning..




Invention:

Recognising challenges or gaps in the market, then creatively designing, testing and implementing solutions to solve them.



Logical Thinking:

Being able to apply the rational thought processes of design to innovation and invention.



How to encourage your child to consider STEM



As parents, some of us may have negative perceptions of science, technology and maths from our own school experiences, or simply from a lack of first-hand experience.

It is important that we don’t pass these on to our children without giving them a chance to explore these areas themselves.



In a recent survey conducted by Smart Futures, 51% of students stated that they were influenced by their parents when it came to picking a college course.



Challenging misconceptions about STEM


Girls as young as four or five are sometimes discouraged from learning how to investigate how things work or to create and construct things in a hands-on way, with the attitude that this is 'something for boys'.

Given that girls often outperform boys in science and maths in school, such stereotypes need to be addressed early, to ensure that all students know that STEM careers are open to everyone.


How you can help


Help teenagers to open their eyes to the vast choice of exciting career paths and opportunities in the STEM sector.

Explore website likes www.SmartFutures.ie, www.Careersportal.ie and www.GradIreland.ie to familiarise yourself with alternative entry routes into courses and help your child attend college open days.



Smart Futures provides relevant, real-world examples of women and men who have studied STEM courses and are now working in STEM-related roles in Ireland.

Why not encourage your daughter or son’s school to hold a parent’s evening and invite a STEM volunteer to visit and share their career story?






Contact Jackie jackie.odowd@sfi.ie or Tel: 01 607 3015 for more information and visit www.SmartFutures.com to read 100+ STEM career stories, watch videos, access free downloadable career infographics.







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