Royal approval for science book project

Royal approval for science book project

HRH, the Princess Royal pictured at Holywood Library with pupils participating in Project 500

A project set up by Queen’s academics which aims to get children and young people excited about science and enthused about reading has been given the royal seal of approval.

Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal recently attended an event in Holywood Library to find out about the work of Project 500 which is co-directed by Dr Ruth Jarman and Dr Joy Alexander from the School of Education.

Children and young people participating in Project 500 have the opportunity to enjoy a number of activities, including science shows or talks by a leading scientist in their local library, a book-based or ICT-facilitated activity and reading challenges.

Dr Jarman said: "At Queen’s we are committed to the STEM agenda, so we are delighted to have been joined by Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal. Her visit highlights the importance of ensuring our children have access to today’s fascinating and captivating science books. Such books open up exciting new worlds, and through Project 500, with the help of Libraries NI, we are encouraging our children to visit their local library and discover for themselves just how enjoyable reading about science can be.

"Our hope is that those who participate in the project will develop the interest and confidence to become life-long readers of science books and, perhaps, some may even be inspired by what they read to continue to study science beyond school.”

Project 500 is funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and run in collaboration with Libraries NI.

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