The new coop students arrived at the beginning of this month, on Monday the 9th of June and were swiftly introduced to life at the Learning Hub.
The team is made up of nine UL students studying courses such as Music, Media and Performance Technology, Irish Music and Dance, and Journalism and New Media.
The students had two days to settle in and prepare for participating in the StoryHub and the ScienceHub with 5th and 6th class students from Educate Together Mumgret.
The primary school students were split into two groups with one half going to the StoryHub to get their imagination going.
There the kids came up with a list of crazy characters like a two headed giraffe dragon to write about but eventually decided to settle on Alob, the talking door who wished to become a human again.
The finished story got the seal of approval from the Learning Hub’s publisher Mr Crabtree and is now available at all good book stores.
Meanwhile the other group of 5th and 6th class students experienced the wonders of the ScienceHub. An experiment about chemical energy involved setting Pringles and crackers on fire (safely). They also examined the effects of heat energy on different metals, and how solar power can be used to move objects.
The next day the groups swapped places and the StoryHub’s new residents didn’t disappoint.
Their story revolved around a two headed, shaved purple goat named Joe who must defeat the evil Haunted Dorito to reclaim his family. That story was also published and Mr Crabtree said it was “very impressive and imaginative”.