Science Week 2017 runs from the 12th – 19th of November - All around the country of Ireland there are events taking place to spark interest in STEAM subjects and outline the role Ireland has in science around the world.
Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) are encouraging everyone to get involved, with a focus on engaging with children to try experiments, ask questions or check out the schedule of events or tv programmes during the week!
“#BelieveInScience and Science Week are part of Science Foundation Ireland’s work to promote the potential that science and discovery offer Ireland, today and in tomorrow’s world.”
Dr Niamh Shaw, long-time fan and advocate of Lottie Dolls and their STEAM message, takes Lottie with her to deliver her ‘Inspired by Space Workshop’ in schools around the country to help get kids interested in space, science and what lies beyond!
Dr Niamh Shaw uses Lottie to bridge the gap between space and home, after all Lottie is a 9-year old kid like them! And yet Lottie's dreams of reaching for the stars have already come true, when Stargazer Lottie made it to the International Space Station herself - the very first doll in space!
Be sure to check out our Super Science webpage that has loads of fun activities for kids to learn and get involved in simple experiments at home!
Our MD Ian Harkin wants Lottie to spark the imagination of children, saying, “We want our toys... to inspire hours of make-believe, to let children themselves set the rules. And – just maybe – those precious moments spent in exploration and invention, in childhood, will lay the foundations for incredible achievements in adulthood”.
Last week Lottie also got involved in the #LottieTour for Tomrrow’s Engineers Week, which was a huge success, running from the 6th-10th November, and proving that anyone can be an engineer! Lottie herself toured several different businesses accompanied by 25 different Women in Engineer volunteers to try out a whole host of roles and find out more about the working in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Maths (STEAM).
The aim of the Lottie Tour is to help children see Lottie exploring STEAM opportunities, and hopefully they will be able to picture themselves pursuing similar passions now and in the future. Lottie is childhood focused, but there is no age too early to get involved in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Maths!
Jo Douglas, Chair of the YMB and organiser of this years’ tour said, “#LottieTour was really successful last year, and we wanted to build on that while doing something a bit different this year. It’s important to show that all girls can be engineers, and using a full range of dolls really supports this message. There’s nothing wrong with liking pink or being more stereotypically ‘girlie’ and still wanting to be an engineer!”.
Lottie got the inside scoop in a number of different workplaces’, including at the University of Bristol, ARM and British Sugar – you can see all of Lottie’s adventures by searching the Twitter hashtags – #LottieTour, #TEWeek17 and #EngineeringForAll.
WES President, Benita Mehra, loves the Lottie Tour initiative, "The Lottie Tour in 2016 was fabulous! Lottie drew attention to engineering and where women work in technical roles in a way that was magical. We know it had a huge impact with tweets and other mentions in social media as well as blogs on the WES and Lottie websites. This year the WES Young Members’ Board is making the tour bigger and better. I can't wait to see where Lottie gets to!”.
Lottie Dolls start at RRP: €19.95 // £18.99 // $19.95
Lottie dolls, an Irish doll company who believe that childhood should be an inclusive place where every child belongs regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability and aim to reflect that in their collection. Developed alongside academics in child development, unlike other dolls, Lottie Finn and Friends are based on nine-year-old children, the dolls are therefore relatable to all the elements of childhood – Lottie’s motto is Be Bold, Be Brave, Be You!
Six of the Lottie products to date have been inspired by ideas from real children from around the world. When launching Lottie, the vision was to create a range of dolls that would empower children to be themselves, to be imaginative and adventurous and - most of all – to have fun!
Lottie Dolls are now on sale in over 30 countries and here, on www.lottie.com