Minister Seán Kyne welcomes the Quavers to Quadratics programme to Galway on 12-14th June

Government Chief-Whip and Minister of State for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht and the Islands Seán Kyne T.D., welcomes the Quavers to Quadratics programme to Galway.

This exciting pilot, funded by Creative Ireland, will allow primary school children in the West of Ireland to explore the overlap between music and science in a unique way.

Quavers to Quadratics is an initiative of the National Concert Hall in conjunction with the UCD School of Education and Trinity College, Dublin and is partnering with the School of Physics and School of Music in NUI, Galway. The project is supported by Camara Education Ireland and the Gaeltacht Division of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

Quavers to Quadratics brings undergraduates from science and music together to co-teach with primary school teachers to highlight the connection between music and science to children. This innovative programme uses Monty Python’s Galaxy Song to inspire the children – they learn about the materials used to make musical instruments and they children get to create their own instruments to take home.

The three schools participating in the pilot are Scoil Chroí Íosa in Galway City, Scoil na bhForbacha in Furbo and Scoil Éinne in Spiddal. All pupils from 3rd-6th class will participate in the programme, which is free, so that as many children as possible benefit. In a new development, the programme will be provided through Irish in the Gaeltacht schools for the first time.

Announcing the pilot, Minister Kyne stated:

 “I am delighted that this programme is available to primary school children here in Galway in Irish as well as English. It is a hugely exciting programme using an informal approach which benefits both the children and undergraduates. The collaboration between all the partners is to be commended and I am especially pleased that Creative Ireland has provided the funding to initiate the pilot. I am looking forward to hearing the Irish version of the Galaxy song!”

Dr Shane Bergin of the UCD School of Education, said:

“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to bring this programme to the West of Ireland and benefit so many pupils and undergraduates in Galway. It’s a great opportunity to share the pedagogy devised in the National Concert Hall and work in partnership with colleagues in NUI, Galway. It gives our undergraduates a wonderful experience and opens doors to various career options in Irish and English.”

Nigel Flegg, of the National Concert Hall added:

“The team at the National Concert Hall is delighted to extend one of our key Learning & Participation programmes our outreach programme to the West of Ireland. We bring a huge collective expertise developed with our university partners over the years. The feedback we receive from this project is very positive from undergraduates and pupils alike, and we are very grateful to Creative Ireland for sharing our vision to expand this programme beyond the walls of the National Concert Hall.

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, 23 Kildare Street, Dublin , D02 TD30. Tel: 01 631 3800 / LoCall: 1890 383 000

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